If you’re a travel nurse you know that stress is always around the corner.
It’s an unavoidable part of the gig. But what do you do when you’re at your breaking point and can’t take it anymore?
Here are 5 techniques to quickly calm stress when you’re about to snap.
Trust us, they work like a charm.
Breathe – it may seem simple, but deep breathing can help to center yourself and calm your nerves
Breathing deeply can be a great way to take a step back, just when you start to get overwhelmed.
A few breaths in and out of your nose can quickly give you pause and help you find stillness in the midst of chaos. Plus, when you embrace the moment of respite, you may even feel your stress levels drop like a stone thrown off the side of a cliff. So next time life starts to throw lemons at you left and right, don’t forget – it may sound simple, but a few deep breaths can help center yourself and make all those feelings go bye-bye.
Get moving – a quick walk around the unit or some light stretching can help to release tension
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or overworked, step away from the desk and take a break for your own sanity.
Even just a quick walk around the unit or some light stretching can help to release tension. Go ahead and take that 2 or 3-minute break – your brain deserves it. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Studies show that taking a few minutes during the day to move your body can actually boost focus and productivity in the long run.
So what are you waiting for…get moving baby!
Change your environment – if you’re feeling stressed in your space, try taking a break outside or in a different room
In today’s day and age, sometimes it feels like algorithms are running the show at work.
You’re stuck in the same chair, on the same floor or unit, surrounded by the same stuff day after day. If you’re feeling a little cabin fever-y, try shaking things up with a change of environment. Get outside for some air or try moving to another room. It might be just the break you need to reframe your thinking and get back on track.
Who knows – you may even start to enjoy spending time with your fellow staffers again if you remember that there are more spaces than just the one you spend most of your days in.
Connect with someone – talking to a friend or loved one can help you feel supported and remind you that you’re not alone
For those days when you feel overwhelmed and like the world is caving in on you, nothing compares to having someone who can not only talk but listen.
Someone who will help you recognize your own growth, worth, and strength even if it takes a few laughs and tears — that’s really all you need sometimes. And there’s nothing more reassuring than having a person remind you that, no matter what life throws at you, they’ll be there with open arms (or ears!) to keep your head above water.
Find a friend or loved one to lean on when the going gets tough – the right person could be the greatest comfort and ally that life has to offer.
Practice self-care – do something that makes you happy, whether it’s reading, taking a bath, or listening to music
If you don’t take care of yourself, then who else is gonna do it?
As busy travel RNs, we all need to make time for ourselves, even when life starts feeling overwhelming and hectic. An easy way to do this is to incorporate activities that make you happy – like reading a good book, taking a soothing bath, or cranking up your favorite tunes – into your day. Trust me, it will give your mental health the attention it deserves and leaves you feeling refreshed. Plus, think of all the side effects: more energy, better outlook on life…you get the point.
So go ahead and show yourself some love – your brain and body will both thank you!
The final word
If you’re feeling stressed, there are a few things you can do to help yourself feel better.
First, try breathing deeply and slowly – it may seem simple, but it can make a big difference. Second, get moving – even a short walk or some light stretching can help release tension.
Third, change your environment – if you’re surrounded by triggers, take a break in a different room or outside.
Fourth, connect with someone who makes you feel good – talking to a friend or loved one can remind you that you’re not alone and help reduce stress.
Finally, practice self-care – do something that makes YOU happy.
When we remember to take care of ourselves, we’re better equipped to handle whatever life throws our way.
To learn more about the travel nursing opportunity and cities across the country, visit Bestica Healthcare and start planning your next assignment today.