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Stress Management Techniques for Lawyers and Nurses

Are you feeling stressed out at your law office or health care facility? Well, reducing how often you check your cell phone could help reduce some of the stress.

People working throughout the day who constantly check their cell phone reported having a higher stress level than those who don’t, according to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America 2017. The study also shows that one of the highest stress levels belong to people who constantly check their work email on days they are not working.

Researchers suggest “unplugging” or taking a “digital detox” by reducing the number of times you check your phone or not allowing your phone in certain spaces.

Here are several other tips from Above the Law and American Sentinel University to help manage stress at work:

1.) Movement/Exercise | Whether it’s a long walk, yoga, dance, gym workouts, or stretching, 20 minutes each day can greatly help combat anxiety by releasing serotonin and endorphins and ultimately help you fall asleep at night.

2.) Sleep | Less sleep often equates to more careless mistakes, which in the long run could shatter your chances of moving up. So, if you truly value the prospect of becoming head nurse or making partner one day, make sure you get as close to seven hours of sleep as you can.

3.) Music | Music, no matter the genre, has shown to increase endorphin production and slow down the heart rate. Try adding a music break periodically throughout the day.

4.) Meditation/Prayer | More than 30% of Americans either pray or have an internal exercise with the specific goal of relaxation or to facilitate awareness.

5.) Affirmation | Learning to release stress and tension all starts with your mind. Repeating a positive thought or phrase aloud or in your mind can calm the mind and body.

6.) Deep Breathing | Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body.

7.) Keep Work at Work | Make your home a place of relaxation from work and limit your access to work emails. If you must work extra hours on the weekend, try to do it in the office.