I shared earlier in the week how coming back from a 10 day break can be perceived as overwhelmingly stressful. Top that with being a full-time nurse, wife, friend and community member- boy… the stress can be debilitating. So much so that we can stuck in procrastination paralysis- not knowing where to start or what to do first.
I have even heard of nurses taking work with them while they go on vacation, just so that they do not have to come back to the laundry list of to-do tasks that they missed while away.
This is nuts. We all need to unplug once in awhile and take a break from it all. So how can we come back from an extended vacation without incurring too much stress?
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- Do one thing at a time. If you find yourself coming back from an extended break, the information overload can be exhausting. “How will I get through all of this email?” you may wonder. It’s OK. We all have too much information coming at us on a daily basis. Take a deep breath. Let it out. And as you get back into your task list, do one thing at a time.
- Drink plenty of water. When the stakes are high and the concentration level is needed at its all-time best- we can do our part to stay focused. The brain needs water, especially to stay on task. If you are a busy nurse with lots to get done, make sure you drink water consistently and constantly throughout your day.
- Go with the flow of life. As nurses, we may find ourselves wanting to force the outcome or control the situations we find ourselves in. We like to ‘fix’ things. It’s just our nature. Yet sometimes pushing against the current of life does more harm than good. Take a step back and observe things from the bigger picture. What changes, challenges or circumstances have you found yourself in that are stressing you out? Can you observe them from another angle? What can you learn and how can you grow by going with the flow of life?
Stress management in nursing is key to a successful nursing career. What other tips would you add to this stress reduction list for nurses? Leave a comment below and enjoy your health today.