FEEL THE BURN(OUT)
In the nursing world, burnout is too real—but you can keep it at bay.
Nursing isn’t for the faint of heart. This is a hard job —the long hours, the emotional drain, the physical strain and the constant stress can wear down even the toughest recruit. This difficult mix of workplace wear-and-tear spurs high turnover rates, which are another stress point for remaining employees.
The Michigan Nurses Association took a stand against burnout by turning to lawmakers to help. If their efforts are successful, the state will get a law requiring hospitals to meet minimum nurse staffing numbers at all times. The right number of nurses per shift means burnout is less likely to take hold.
Until then, if the nursing life is weighing on you, know that a career change isn’t the only way to dodge your work-related stress. See if you can carve out some space (and some time—even a few minutes will do) at home or at work to practice yoga, which is known for its health benefits and stress-relieving capacities. This piece on HuffPost outlines 10 simple poses that can reenergize you after a long shift, keep your body limber and bring down soaring stress levels. Working a little time for yourself into a busy schedule can make a challenging job like nursing easier to manage. And, you’re better at taking care of others when you’re taking care of yourself.
If yoga isn’t your thing, try one of these simple methods to cut down your stress levels. Things like deep breathing, meditation and short outdoor breaks throughout the day can make a big difference in the way you feel and how you approach your tasks. They’re small steps, but anything you can do to improve your outlook in the midst of a stressful day will help not only you, but your coworkers and patients as well.
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