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Top 10 ways for nurses to relieve stress

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To be a happy, healthy nurse, it’s important to take stock of your well-being regularly. Here’s an at-a-glance list of best ways for nurses to de-stress – written by a fellow nurse.

1. Remember to always take a minute to just breathe.
2. Embrace being a nurse.
3. Go on a vacation.
4. Indulge in your favorite dessert.
5. Say it! Get it off your chest.
6. Take some alone time or spend time with friends or family.
7. Enjoy a warm latte or mocha.
8. Retreat to the nearest day spa.
9. Enjoy each day of your life (no matter what)!
10. Remember why YOU became a NURSE.

This list, by K Horton, R.N., is the winner of our “Win Your Top 10 List on a Mug!” Giveaway. You can buy our mugs for yourself or your favorite nurse! Submit your own list here to enter the weekly contest!

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6 Responses to Top 10 ways for nurses to relieve stress

  1. Jeanie

    A nice motorcycle ride always helps me.

  2. laconya Cunningham

    Love a relaxing day with the sounds of a saxaphone and my thoughts.

  3. Susan

    Riding my horse or listening to some smooth jazz.

  4. Yes just BREATHE. the most important one for me in your cool list and i feel is the B in the ABCs ya’all. A for airway…notice if it is tight or uptight..then if yes…go to B. again BREATHE here now! nice post, thank you!

  5. nightnurse06

    1. Remember to always take a minute to just breathe.
    I barely have time to pee….breath? really? this is your suggestion to relieve stress?
    2. Embrace being a nurse.
    Again…Really?
    3. Go on a vacation.
    Can barely afford fuel to heat my house….as a single mom a vacation is kind of not an readily accessible way to relieve stress.
    4. Indulge in your favorite dessert.
    Get fat.
    5. Say it! Get it off your chest.
    Say it….get FIRED>?
    6. Take some alone time or spend time with friends or family.’
    This one is ok.
    7. Enjoy a warm latte or mocha.
    I live on caffeine .adding more is NOT the way to relieve stress.
    8. Retreat to the nearest day spa.
    Yeah..who’s gonna pay?
    9. Enjoy each day of your life (no matter what)!
    10. Remember why YOU became a NURSE.
    Are there any other nurses out there who can’t remember why the hell we became nurses, and wish that they had not?

  6. Lee Ann

    I also agree that I don’t have time to take a deep breath. I can’t have any drinks on the med cart or on the floor, so by noon, I’ve worked 6.5 hours and haven’t had a drink and when I do get to go pee, its very dark urine. so I’m trying to chug drinks during the day, means cold coffee and warm soda. I am hoping that I can retire in 8 years, and then I can volunteer and do what I wanted to do when I became a nurse. I’ll give foot rubs and back rubs, talk about religion and death, and actually have the time to visit, instead of having to keep going on and on. Then I will be doing what I became a nurse to do. Its a good start, but I think your list is not quite accurate. Maybe 20 years ago when iwas actually giving backrubs to patients.

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