3 Tips to Reduce Stress as a Travel Nurse
SEPTEMBER 7, 2022

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Let’s face it, nursing is hard. An average shift will bring multiple stressful situations before you even take your first (fingers crossed) break. Regardless of the type of nursing you are traveling for, reducing stress will be an important part of managing your work-life balance and getting the most out of your travel nurse experience. Here are three tips that can help alleviate stress: Get plenty of rest Allowing yourself adequate time to sleep is crucial for reducing stress as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sleep hygiene practices can go a long to reduce stress and promote rest. A few tips for better sleep include maintaining a regular sleep schedule, avoiding caffeine too close to bedtime, reducing screen time at least an hour before bed and creating a dark, quiet sleep setting. These tips are even more important for a nightshift worker so invest in blackout shades or a good eye mask. Eat right and stay hydrated You are what you eat and drink! Make sure that you are fueling your body with nourishing and nutritious food and staying hydrated. Many of us spend a great deal of our work life educating our patients on eating right and drinking enough water so we should take our own advice. Planning and prepping your meals in advanced is a great way to eat healthy while saving money. Carrying a large water bottle and drinking throughout the day will also ensure that you are drinking enough fluids. Take breaks between assignments You work hard and you deserve a break! Take advantage of your time off between assignments. This is your time to unwind and destress. Use your time off to pursue what interests you outside of the nursing profession. Whether you spend time with friends and family, pursue hobbies and passions, explore the world, or just relax, it is important to allow yourself to take a break from work. While you spend your days (or nights) caring for your patients, please remember to take care of yourself. Incorporate the tips above to reduce stress and allow you to continue to provide the amazing care that you do.