Compassion fatigue and burnout are two of the most common career-related mental health stresses associated with at-home nursing. Let’s take a look at how to reduce this stress.
Regular exercise is a key stress-relieving strategy for nurses. Though you’re on your feet for most of the day as it is, going for a relaxing walk or working out with weights can be incredibly rejuvenating. Exercise is proven to improve symptoms of depression, and it is equally effective for job-related stress as well. Exercise is an important part of self-care, but it doesn’t have to be an exhausting form of exercise. Yoga is one of the best workouts for mental and physical wellness.
Meditation and other grounding exercises are healthy for your body and your soul. There are dozens of types of meditation exercises that you can try to calm your mind and relax your body. As nurses, you’re constantly bombarded with stressful mental and physical situations, so meditation can give your mind and body some much-needed quiet. Sometimes the best thing you can do is do absolutely nothing.
Finding pleasure in the small things is an easy method for reducing stress and improving your mood in your personal time. Finding an activity that brings you happiness is an important part of developing and maintaining a healthy work-life balance – a crucial element of a healthy self since it is too easy to bring your work home with you as a nurse.
Socializing with friends and spending quality time with family and spouses is crucial to your mental health. You’ll be able to relax, forget about the stressors at work, and simply enjoy your time. You can have fun and heal from any work-related traumas. Plus, talking about your stress with people who care about you can make it much easier to handle and is rejuvenating.
Getting enough sleep is one of the best things you can do to relieve your stress. We’re much better equipped to handle stress when well-rested, and you’ll feel more balanced after a solid night’s rest. Taking melatonin or reading a book before bed can help you sleep deeply for a good 8 hours if you struggle to fall asleep after a hard day.