Whether you are a nursing student, have just graduated and are picking up your first shifts, or are a veteran in the field, chances are you are put under a lot of stress. In addition to getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet, yoga is a proven way to reduce your stress levels and improve your mood.
Why Managing Stress is important
Working in a high stress environment everyday takes its toll on mental and physical health. In order to prevent this from happening, or to reduce stress related issues that are already there, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a consistent amount of calming activities. This is individualized and varies from person to person. The amount of maintenance you need is up to you.
Yoga Helps Reduce Stress. But How Does It Work?
Yoga combines three main elements, each of which are proven to aid in stress reduction on their own. A quick tip for stressful situations would be to practice deep breathing and mindfulness on their own or combined if you can’t break out the yoga mat.
Regulated Breathing: Taking deep, regulated breaths allows you to take in more oxygen per breath, which oxygenates your blood faster. This allows your heart rate to slow and, consequently, for you to relax.
Light Exercise: It is no secret that exercising releases endorphins and makes you feel good. It also helps support a healthy lifestyle.
Practicing Mindfulness: Racing thoughts are not uncommon after a stressful day, especially if you have a patient you are worried about. Practicing focusing your mind on breathing and body movement provides a good outlet for forgetting your worries.