Dealing with stress in nursing school


4. Get centered, physically and emotionally. Nurses are masters at multitasking—and often the trade-off of this mastery is sacrificing “me” time. We’re so busy taking care of the needs of patients, physicians and family members—not to mention social and personal commitments—that we tend to forget we need physical and spiritual nourishment as well. Although it might seem impossible, carve out a minimum of 30 minutes a day for yourself. Spend this time wisely—incorporate a physical activity such as walking or yoga, set an intention for the day that helps you maintain your focus and spend some time in meditation. If you’ve never tried meditation or yoga, try a physical inversion (simply put, turn yourself upside down or do a deep forward bend). It increases blood flow and helps you rest better and think more clearly.

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Fran Roberts
Fran Roberts is the Vice President of Strategic Business Alliances for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. The CONHS was created and expanded under Dr. Roberts’ guidance during her tenure as Dean of the College of Nursing for GCU.

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