As a nurse, you are constantly working long, 12 hour shifts. To help you avoid burnout from working long, 12 hour shifts, it is important you find ways to help you relax. Relaxing isn’t just good for you, it’s good for your patients and co-workers too. This article outlines 10 ways to relax after a 12 hour nursing shift.
10 Ways To Relax After A 12 Hour Nursing Shift
Studies have shown that nurses working longer hour shifts can lead to burnout and other safety issues. Working 12 hour nursing shifts certainly offer perks. Your schedule is often more flexible. You can work shorter work weeks. However, working a 12 hour nursing shift can increase your stress levels and overtime, can cause feelings of annoyance in your job. To help, here are 10 ways to relax after a 12 hour nursing shift.
- Read a book
- Go for a walk or run
- Take a yoga class
- Spend time with your friends and family
- Go on a mini vacation or staycation
- Pamper yourself
- Listen to your body
- Go to a sporting event, concert, or festival
- Unplug from the world
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