Dealing With Stresses Of A Nursing Career

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While nurses with several years experience under their belt will attest to the fact that their career has been immensely satisfying, they also agree that it can be a demanding profession, both emotionally as well as physically. According to the experts, there are certain things all healthcare professionals and nurses in particular, can do to address and overcome the challenges they face in the work place.

These few tips will help you deal better with some of the common challenges that you are likely to face as a healthcare professional.

Gap Medics students Rebecca and Jemma donating teddies in the Paediatrics Ward at Morogoro Regional Hospital. Work-related stress

Finding a suitable outlet is the best way to tackle work-related stress. This could be in the form of a dialogue with a trusted friend or colleague or indulging in a favourite hobby. Alternatively you can involve yourself in some form of non-pharmacological therapy such as meditation or yoga. All of these measures help support your emotional well-being, will help you regain your focus and gives you a renewed sense of energy

Back and foot pain

Nurses tend to be on their feet for extended hours, often working up to 12 hours at a stretch. The best way to prevent the inevitable back and foot pain is to wear the most comfortable footwear available. Forget about pointed toes and high heels. In this profession, low heels and wide toes are the order of the day. Opting for style over comfort is not just impractical it can also cause long term foot and back pain, which is something you definitely want to avoid. 

Erratic eating habits

With an emergency happening round every corner and patients waiting for you to come in and check in on them, eating regular meals is a distant dream. The easiest way to avoid unhealthy eating habits is to bring your own food and snacks to work. Packing healthy, nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits and nuts will provide you much-needed energy while preventing calorie-overload. Almonds are particularly good sources of protein and energy. 

Stiff Joints

The physical and emotional load that nurses carry can all too easily transgress into muscle tension that stresses your joints and bones. The best way to tackle these problems and rev up circulation is by practicing deep breathing techniques and taking regular stretching breaks.

Sleep deprivation 

Working in shifts results in erratic sleep cycles, which can play havoc with your personal life and in some cases leads to conditions like depression and other health issues. It also lowers your immunity levels and makes you more prone to viral infections. It may take a bit of juggling but if you can manage your time a little better and try to sleep whenever you can it will work wonders for your overall health and energy levels. Your schedule is here to stay and the more structured and predictable it is, the easier it will be to cope.   

Caffeine and alcohol interfere with getting a good nights sleep, which is a must for you to be able to function well at work. Limiting caffeine consumption after 4 p.m. and cutting down or eliminating after-work drinks can help you get your much-needed 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep so that you can deal with anything life throws at you during the course of work day the next day.   

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