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How to cope with stress as a nurse

By Three Q PERMS on 01 June 2016

The nursing profession can leave you feeling very overwhelmed and with a lot of thoughts running through your head, using a diary to filter out all these thoughts can be a great way to help you process them and deal with stress. The following steps will help manage stress:

  • Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.
  • Know yourself better. By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.
  • Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present. If you are more at ease with your feelings you will be able to provide better care to your patients.
  • Resolve disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings rather than stewing over them will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict. If you are having issues with a co-worker etc. taking the time to figure out what to do with the situation can really help you going forward.

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