Make The Most Of The Time You Have

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It's day 1 of the Stress Less challenge, .

Today's tip is try to squeeze self-care into your shift whenever you can. Working non-stop during your shift isn’t good for your health. Make the most of the time you have. Try some of these
  • Take deep belly breaths while charting
  • Close your eyes and do a two-minute meditation
  • Use breaks as an opportunity to take a true rest

Instead of checking email on your phone or scrolling through social media, use that time to nourish yourself. Read a magazine, take a walk, or talk to a friend. You’ll go back to work feeling refreshed and less stressed.

Tell us what self-care looks like to you and how you fit it into your day in our challenge thread. Don't forget to post a photo in in our Facebook group or on Twitter or Instagram. Remember to mention @HealthyNurseUSA and tag us with #healthynurse.

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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Oct 15, 2018 9:46 AM America/Chicago

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My favorite way to decrease stress is a good aerobic work out! It really helps me to think clearly. Also keeps me in shape.
  • Posted Wed 15 Jan 2020 09:43 AM CST
I’m trying to get in a mile a day of intentional exercise....walk, run, hike, etc. During shifts I like to practice a few minutes of mindfulness and/or stretching!! 
  • Posted Tue 14 Jan 2020 03:08 PM CST
My self care for day #1 was taking time to do some stretches and painted my nails. Its small but it makes me feel good!
  • Posted Tue 14 Jan 2020 10:41 AM CST
I spend a great deal of time at the computer. Old habit: using games on my phone to disengage at the end of the day. New habit: learning to crochet. I am finding my heart rate is slower (I’m not as engaged trying to win the game. Breathing is more relaxed and it’s easier to fall asleep. Sleep better-wake up more refreshed. Also....a more tangible outcome. I made a scarf instead of just competing for points ? #healthynurse in 2020
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  • Posted Mon 13 Jan 2020 09:51 PM CST
I plugged in my oil diffuser today and did breathing exercises..
  • Posted Mon 13 Jan 2020 07:03 PM CST
Today, I took 2 short walks outside. It's 51 degrees in Southern Maryland so I had a light jacket on. The fresh air was a nice change. I believe this helps me reset my mind espeically when I've been staring at a computer most of the day. #healthynurse
  • Posted Mon 13 Jan 2020 02:13 PM CST
PKirk‍ when my friend comes home, she sits on the couch and plays on her iPad. She usually plays Candy Crush or a cooking game. She said it helps her wind down and destress.
  • Posted Mon 13 Jan 2020 02:11 PM CST
Looking forward to this challenge, but did anyone else stress over what type of participation they were going to have??!! I did :)  
Something new that I've started is painting.  Although not very good, I find enjoyment in losing myself to this art form while doing it.  I also try and spend a few minutes each day playing little games on my phone (while doing dinner prep) - it becomes mind-numbing!
  • Posted Mon 13 Jan 2020 09:28 AM CST
StephANNIE‍ I would never have thought of teeth brushing, but that is such a great idea! It does help you to step away for a moment to yourself and I personally feel a lot fresher after I brush my teeth!
  • Posted Mon 16 Dec 2019 12:26 PM CST
An idea suggestion is teeth brushing. This self-care activity would allot a self gentle moment of tooth brushing, and a moment to go to the ladies’ room (holding urine for 12 hours, as I have to admit I’ve done, is not optimal nor healthy), and maybe to remove your shoes and sit for a while in a chair and deep breath..... I hope this is a good idea for my nurse friends! 
  • Posted Sun 01 Sep 2019 07:15 PM CDT

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