De-Stress Tips for Nurses After Their Shift
August is a special month for all of you hardworking nurses out there, as it’s National Wellness Month, a time dedicated to prioritizing self-care and well-being. Nursing can be an incredibly rewarding profession, but it also comes with its fair share of stress and challenges. As you dedicate your time and energy to caring for others, it’s essential not to forget about yourself.
In honor of National Wellness Month, we’ve compiled a list of de-stress tips to help you unwind and recharge after a demanding shift.
Read on to learn about how you can drop some stress this month.
Practice Mindfulness and Deep Breathing
After a hectic day, take a few moments to practice mindfulness and deep breathing exercises. Find a quiet spot, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Inhale slowly and deeply, hold for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly. This simple practice can help reduce stress, clear your mind, and bring you into the present moment.
Engage in Physical Activity
Physical activity is an excellent way to release stress and boost your mood. Whether it’s a quick walk around the block, a yoga session, or hitting the gym, find an activity that you enjoy and that fits into your schedule. Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones, leaving you with a sense of accomplishment and relaxation.
Connect with Nature
Nature has a remarkable ability to soothe and rejuvenate the mind. If possible, spend some time outdoors, whether it’s sitting in a park, taking a hike, or simply enjoying a sunset. If you are on a new assignment in a brand new location, definitely take time to explore the outdoors. Connecting with nature can provide a sense of peace and perspective, reminding you of the beauty beyond the hospital walls.
Unplug from Technology
In the digital age, it’s easy to get lost in the black hole of scrolling. After your shift, try to unplug from work-related emails and messages. Instead, engage in activities that do not involve screens, such as reading a book, doing a puzzle, or enjoying a hobby. This break from technology can help you disconnect from the stressors of work and foster a healthier work-life balance.
Pamper Yourself with a Self-Care Routine
Treat yourself to a relaxing self-care routine. Take a warm bath with Epsom salts to soothe tired muscles, try meditation or guided imagery to calm your mind, or enjoy a cup of herbal tea while practicing mindfulness. Find what brings you joy and incorporate it into your daily routine to promote relaxation and inner peace.
Reach Out for Support
Never underestimate the power of social connections. After a challenging shift, reach out to friends, family, or fellow nurses to talk about your day. Sharing experiences, emotions, and laughter with others can be incredibly therapeutic and help you process and release stress.
Before going to bed, take a moment to reflect on the positive aspects of your day. Write down or think about three things you are grateful for, no matter how small they may seem. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude can shift your focus away from stressors and promote a more positive mindset.
Get Quality Sleep
Sleep is crucial for overall well-being and resilience against stress. Create a calming pre-sleep routine, such as reading a book or practicing relaxation exercises, to signal your body that it’s time to wind down. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night to feel refreshed and energized for the next day and your next shift.
Gifted is Here For You
Sometimes, you just need someone who gets it after a hard shift. Your Gifted Recruiter is always here when you need to talk to a friend on the phone. Our Chief Nursing Officer is also here for you 24/7, that’s the benefit of Gifted. You will never be alone on your nursing assignment.
We encourage you to incorporate these de-stress tips into your routine to foster a healthier and more balanced lifestyle, ultimately benefiting both you and the patients you care for. National Wellness Month from Gifted Healthcare.