If you’re a nurse (or thinking of becoming one), you know that it is not a career path for the faint of heart. With demanding schedules, hectic shifts, and the unpredictability that comes from dealing with people and healthcare, there needs to be a way to balance the demands with the rewards. If you’re looking for ways to de-stress and maintain your sanity at work, we’ve got you covered.
Take Care of Yourself, Too
While you’re learning the ropes as a nurse, it’s important to set good habits early that can help prevent you from becoming overstressed and undernourished in more ways than one. Getting a healthy amount of sleep, eating a balanced diet, and setting consistent routines can help you at every step of your career. Self-care is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself, even when things are chaotic and your patients take center stage.
Check out the follow tips to keep you physically and mentally healthy in order to be the best possible nurse you can be.
Know What to Expect and How to Deal
Knowing what to expect from your new career can help ease some anxiety and stress. Sure, every gig is different and comes with a new set of challenges, but we've compiled the following articles that outline exactly what you need to know in order to a) start your career on the right foot, and then b) keep it going strong as you rise among the ranks.
No matter where you are in your career as a nurse, these tips can help you get a handle on stress before you start feeling overwhelmed.
And don’t forget the ultimate stress-relief tip: make sure you have access to plenty of internet pictures of your cute baby animal of choice!
Remember: You’re Not Alone
No matter how alone, challenged, or stressed you may feel, you’re part of a network of other nursing professionals who know exactly what it feels like to be in this position. Understanding that you’re not in this alone can help with some of the more challenging parts of being a nurse.
And being part of that community means you don’t have to look too far to find stories that show what a worthwhile career you’ve chosen for yourself.
Know When to Move On
If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, there may not be an easy fix—it might just be time to start thinking about whether this job is really right for you. If leaving your current position would be the ultimate stress relief, we have lots of great resources for you to explore new opportunities and get ready to seize them.
Despite its challenges, nursing can be one of the most fulfilling jobs around—after all, you know you’re helping people in a very immediate and concrete way. Along the way, there will be stress…that’s a given in every job, and especially one with high stakes. We want you to have all the tools available to help make sure that stress doesn’t take over your life, and undermine all of the great progress you’ve made on your career path. So take a deep breath, find some techniques that work for you (or a job exit plan, if things are just too rough), and hopefully find yourself a bit of calm and peace.
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