Top 5 Tips To Become A Happier Nurse

Are you feeling sad, bored and gloomy? Do you think that you’re having the worst day of your life? If you answered a resounding “YES” for both, then read these 5 easy-to-follow tips below to make yours a better and brighter day:

1. Exercise your worries away

Who says nurses are excused for daily work-outs? You may always be busy doing your daily tasks but that shouldn’t excuse you from stretching those  lazy muscles. If you think you’re not that fat to do the daily exercise, then just  do it to make you a happier nurse. According to scientific research, regular physical activity improves mood and the way we feel about ourselves. Exercise reduces depression and anxiety and helps us manage stress better. It releases endorphins into the body that promote a feeling of happiness and contentment.

2. Decide to be happy

You don’t owe anybody or anything your own happiness so the moment you wake up each morning, it would be better if you just choose to seize the day and put a smile on your face. In addition to that, happiness is a contagious emotion so if you want your patients to feel the same way about their selves, choose to be happy inside and out. We all have our good and bad days so if you are feeling low, don’t you ever forget the first reason why you became a nurse: to take care of your patient no matter what. Decide to be happy and it will not be long before you can notice that your grumpy tendencies is slowly fading away.

3.  Look at the glass half-full

Are you overworked but underpaid? Be thankful instead that you still have a job. Are you frustrated with your ill-tempered patient? Just be grateful that you have the opportunity to grow and learn the value of patience. Though we can’t turn things around us into what we really desire them to be, life still has many wonderful things to offer and all we need to do is to take them as they come and make the most out of it. You can complain all your life and still end up being miserable so why not just choose to look at the brighter side of life and discover things hidden from your naked eyes? After all, it’s not the burden that makes life miserable, it is how you carry it.

4. Count your blessings

It sounds a bit cliche but you should always remember that it’s how you value things around you, not how many things you possess, that makes you really happy. As a nurse, you have a lot of things to be thankful about: your expensive nursing education, your very supportive loved ones, your appreciative doctors and patients, and that rare opportunity to make a difference in the lives of each people you meet on a daily basis. As a tip, keep a gratitude journal or remind yourself of one small thing you were proud of or made you feel good. You will be surprised on how little things can brighten up your day.

5. Learn to let go

It’s given that difficult patients, doctors, or coworkers are normal challenges in a nurse’s life. There are those who might brought you pain in the past but how you will react to all these kind of adversities is all up to you. Nursing is a rewarding and challenging career at the same time but don’t fret because you will learn how to embrace these challenges in the long run. For now, it wont harm if you just take one baby step at a time and accept that no matter how hard you try, Nursing will never be the “perfect” playground for those who are weak at heart.

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