As rewarding as it is to be a traveling nurse, you can sometimes find that one of the things you can encounter is stress. Like every job, there are sometimes stressful moments. You may occasionally feel overwhelmed and that is normal, but how you deal with stress is important.
Being in a constant state of stress can put your well-being and mental health at risk. Stress decreases your ability to think clearly and function normally. Chronic stress can also damage your physical health. Hair loss, headaches, upset stomach, and insomnia are some of the physical symptoms that stress has on the body. That’s why it’s important that you learn how to deal with stress in a healthy and efficient way. Different methods will work on different people, you just have to experiment and see what works for you! Here are just a few tips to give you some ideas on how to manage stress:
Whether it’s jogging, working out at the gym, or playing a sport, exercise is scientifically proven to reduce stress. When you engage in a physical activity, your body produces endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that are our body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators. The release of endorphins gives you feelings of relaxation and optimism after your workout.
It’s definitely not healthy to keep things bottled up when it comes to your emotions. Often times, talking it out and telling another person about how stressed you are will make you feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. If you are feeling unhappy and overwhelmed, find someone to talk to. Don’t ever let your feelings eat you up inside.
3) Do what you love
Your schedule might be busy, but it’s important to put time aside for your hobbies and some leisure time.. Find something you genuinely enjoy doing and do it everyday, such as singing, playing piano, photography, or another fun hobby. Doing the activities you love will help give you the work/life balance you need to handle any job stress.
Stress can interfere with our sleep schedule, but lack of sleep can also sometimes be the cause of stress. Break this cycle by getting the right amount of sleep every night. Taking naps during the day can be effective. If you have trouble falling asleep, you can relax your mind with calming activities like meditation, listening to soft music, breathing exercises, or taking a bath. Avoid drinking coffee during the day or evening so you’ll be able to sleep better.
No one likes dealing with stress, but it’s something that we all encounter every now and then. Learning to manage it will make your life easier, healthier, and happier.
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