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Stress in nursing: Small changes make a big difference

15 February 2018

Workplace wellbeing is essential for a motivated workforce. Long hours, high workloads and non-standard working patterns can have an affect on nurse mental health. In a profession where you’re constantly concerned about the wellbeing of others, it’s important you don’t neglect yourself. We’ve put together some tips for managing stress so that it doesn’t impact your work. Implement these, and you can continue loving the job you do.

Build strong connections in the workplace

You’re all in the same situation with long hours and heavy workloads. Therefore, a united team with good communication will help you complete tasks successfully, leading to smoother shifts. What’s more, if you identify things that could be improved, raising these with supervisors will be easier. Be a thought-leader and always look for ways to improve systems that may help reduce stress levels for everyone.

Switch off – yourself and your phone

Some days may be harder than others, but always remember the exceptional good that you are doing, too. When you get home, leave work at work and enjoy your downtime. Read a good book, soak in the bath, catch up on TV or simply sit down and relax with your family or friends. A good night’s sleep is essential too. Before heading to bed, reduce or eliminate your caffeine intake and time in front of the screen to help you unwind and get some quality shut-eye.

Hit the gym…

Exercise has been proven time and time again as a key reliever of stress and uplifter of mood, so hit the gym, pavement or pool. Find a workout buddy in a friend, partner or colleague and hold each other accountable to get moving a certain number of times per week. There are so many options, from group exercise classes to running, cycling or yoga, that you’re sure to find something that you’ll enjoy. The physiological benefits are a great side effect too!

Take a break

Nurses are notorious for working through breaks and being on the go for hours on end. The chance to sit down, have something to eat and drink will give you the energy and opportunity to reset and prepare for the next part of your shift. If you’re struggling to find the time for breaks, talk to your supervisor/manager. They will be able to address any time management issues, as this is essential for staff wellbeing, particularly when responsibility levels run so high.

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