5 Relaxation Tips for Nurses

Posted 8/15/2017

While nursing is a rewarding profession, it can be mentally and physically draining. There are times when it is hard to give your body exactly what it needs. However, in order to take care of others, you must first take care of yourself. Be sure to incorporate your own needs into your schedule each and every day.

Mediate-The world is a hectic place. Nurses can become stressed if they don’t find the correct balance in their lives. One way to find that balance is through meditation. Meditation is often prescribed as a remedy to cure stress. That’s because it actually works. Spend a few minutes a day meditating, and you will be a more relaxed and stress-free person.

Deep Breathing-Mindful deep breathing is one of the best ways to de-stress of all. The effects are immediate and noticeable. It is also the root of many relaxation practices. Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, and much more have great connections with deep breathing. Deep breathing is a way for people to really connect with their bodies in an organic way. There are also studies that show deep breathing can even have a positive impact on your blood pressure. That means something as simple as your breath can have positive medical benefits.

Laugh-Have you ever heard the expression laughter is the best medicine? If you want to live a relaxed and happy life, just remember to laugh from time to time. A good natured belly laugh lowers cortisol, the stress hormone, and releases endorphins into your brain. In other words, fake it until you make it. Even if you don’t feel like laughing all that much, the act of laughing alone will release some stress.

Listen to Music-Study after study shows that music greatly affects your mood. Listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and lower your heart rate. Many therapists use music as a form of therapy because it has immediate and helpful results. Music has a direct link to our emotions. Listening to a song can bring us back to happy or sad times, elicit strong feelings and memories, and even increase bonds between people. Can you think of a song that reminds you of a special person every time you hear it? That shows just how powerful music can be.

Exercise-Exercise is good for almost every aspect of your life. No, you don’t have to be an elite athlete to reap the benefits either. Just the simple act of taking a walk or doing a few yoga poses can greatly reduce the signs of stress and depression. The act of exercising releases endorphins, or feel good chemicals into your brain, and basically puts you in a better mood. Have you ever heard of a runner’s high? Well, that high comes from endorphins, but running isn’t the only form of exercise to release those chemicals. Do something you fancy. Do you like to swim, go places on your bicycle, or engage in martial arts? Whatever it is that is fun for you, make a habit to incorporate it into your life. Ref: (NursingSchoolHub.com)

To get the most benefit, use relaxation techniques along with other positive coping methods, such as thinking positively, getting enough sleep, and reaching out to supportive family and friends. Tell us what are some of your relaxation tips as a nurse?

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