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 3 Mental Health Tips For Nurses During the COVID-19 Outbreak

As its currently in Mental Health Awareness Week and we’re all still in Lockdown, we thought we would put together a quick guide on how Nurses can stay mentally healthy. Three simple tips on how to stay on top of Anxiety and Stress during these difficult times.

We’re fully aware that you (the nurses that are looking after all of us), already know these tips and how to stay healthy. However, sometimes it is easy to forget during such a difficult time. This blog post simply serves as a reminder. A reminder to do what you preach every single day.

Below are three simple steps to follow for a healthier lifestyle. However, for more information please visit the NHS website or download apps like Mind or Calm

Video chat with friends and family

Whilst most of us across the world are still in some sort of lockdown, many nurses can feel alone and “isolated” whilst facing COVID-19 on the frontline. Moreover, they deal with anxiety and fear of contracting the virus whilst working extremely hard for all of us. This leaves them vulnerable to develop depression and high levels of anxiety whilst having few outlets of social communication outside of work.

Therefore, it is vital that if as a Nurse you find yourself struggling, that you stay in touch with the people that care about you the most. A great way of doing this is to simply jump on a call with friends or family members (even if only for 5-10 minutes).

Here are some great tools to communicate with loved ones:

  1. Zoom
  2. Facebook Messenger
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Facetime

Studies show that face-to-face contact is more effective at preventing depression and anxiety than using email or even talking on the phone. As many nurses are unable to meet others in person, connecting through Zoom is another option.

Get outdoors 

Now that the lockdown measures have been eased slightly to allow more outdoor exercise. It can be very beneficial to both your mental and physical health to get outdoors more. A pre-walk or run can get your brain working ready for your first shift. Also, going outdoors with someone you live with can be a great way to get social time in and catchup with friends and family outside of the home.

A recent study analysed the impact of a physical activity program on anxiety, depression, occupational stress, and burnout syndrome of nursing professions. It found that after the intervention, participants reported improved perceptions of bodily pain and feeling of fatigue at work.  

Even though it might feel more natural to want to hide out at home and hibernate, getting out of your element and being in nature may help nurses shake off some work pressure. 

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Try free online yoga & meditation.

A recent study on yoga’s effect among intensive care unit nurses analysed the impact of yoga on ICU coping strategies over an 8-week period. The results showed that the nurses who participated in the yoga study had a major reduction in their perceived mental pressure. This is not just true for ICU nurses but also for all types of vocations within the healthcare industry.

Since we can’t physically go to a yoga class, try these ideas from the comfort of your home: 

  • YouTube – There are thousands of online yoga classes on YouTube for you to choose from.
  • Calm – is a great, free meditation app with sessions lasting 3-5 minutes. It is available on the App Store or Google Play
  • Insight Timer – the awesome thing about this app is that it offers customization based on the type of meditation you need – love/kindness, stress, or mindfulness, for example. It is available on the App Store or Google Play. 
  • Online Therapy – several online resources are offering free therapy via phone, text, and video. Check those out here. 

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