As rewarding as it is, a profession in nursing can be physically and mentally tiring. Whether you’re a registered general nurse (RGN), a nursing student, or a carer, it’s likely that you experience stress at work that can put you under an enormous amount of pressure.
Here at CRG, we know that your job can’t be completed without precision and accuracy. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five relaxation tips and techniques to help reduce stress and relax your mind, so that you can stay efficient on the job.
Build a Support System
If you don’t work with a team that supports one another, your day-to-day work can become overwhelming, so having a strong connection with colleagues can be extremely beneficial to your physical and mental health at work.
Humans are social beings, and – despite your busy schedules – nurses are included in that. Let your colleagues help you when the going gets tough; allow them to act as your support system that you can turn to when you need a hand or two. You’ll be surprised by how much of a difference simply sitting down and having a cup of coffee or a quick chat with them can make – make sure that you reciprocate someday!
Embrace Holistic Practices
The work life of a nurse can be hectic and stressful if you don’t find the right balance, and meditation is a great technique to destress. It’s also a great way for you to become attuned to your body and mind, and to free yourself of negative energy, leaving you happier and more fulfilled at work. What’s more: it’s easier to get into it than you think!
You don’t have to light incense and sit in lotus position to practise holistic healing. Just find yourself a quiet corner, whether it’s in the staff room or the canteen, and set yourself a goal to meditate for a minute a day and let go of all thoughts – positive or negative. It can take a little practice to meditate without becoming distracted, but stick with it and soon, you’ll be meditating for 10-15 minutes a day without problem.
Take a Deep Breath
Mindful deep-breathing is the root of many relaxation practices. It’s one of the best ways to help with stress management, and you’ll notice the effects almost immediately. In fact, studies have shown that simply taking six deep breaths in a period of 30 seconds can have a positive impact on your blood pressure.
Simply draw a deep breath while you count to five, then count to five again as you exhale. You’ll feel lighter in your mind straight away, so do a few repetitions of mindful deep-breathing throughout the day to keep stress at bay.
Nurses often put caring for others before caring for themselves, so much so that missed breaks have become quite the norm – but that’s one of the worst things you can do for your productivity.
Taking a few minutes off and using it to prepare yourself to return to work will help you do your job better. Moreover, your health and your patients’ health can’t afford for you to miss this time each day. We all deserve some relaxation time and some time to decompress – and you’ve most definitely earned it!
Have You Found These Tips Useful?
There’s plenty more where that came from. Make sure you take a look at our blog for more tips and techniques on how to practise mindful nursing, including this one on how important it is for nurses to stay mindful at work and this guide to help nurses stay physically and mentally healthy.