No matter where you are in the nursing profession, there’s no question you deal with stress a lot. Like everyone else you try to balance work, relationships, family and a million and one things and it can be a handful sometimes. Or most of the time. Fortunately, you can turn to meditation to provide relief.
No doubt you have heard of this before and a lot of people swear by it. And the reason is, it does work and provides a lot of benefits that make a significant impact on your life.
How Does Meditation Help Nurses?
- It relieves stress and anxiety.
- By focusing on one activity, i.e. your breath or watching your thoughts, your concentration improves.
- It improves your outlook and helps you keep your cool.
- Improves self-awareness and anger management.
How to Practice
There are many ways to practice this, but this is one of the simplest, fastest and most effective.
- Choose a time of the day, preferably when you wake up and before going to sleep. If you have time only for one, do this when you wake up.
- Make sure you won’t be disturbed.
- Set your time to 2-3 minutes.
- Sit down and relax. Take a few deep breaths and check over each part of your body, making sure they are relaxed.
- When you’re relaxed, focus your attention on your breathing. Concentrate on the act of breathing in your nose. Keep your focus only on that until the 2 minutes is up.
That is a bit harder than it seems. As your mind tries to focus on breathing, the activities of the day ahead – or the activities of the just concluded day – will crowd in. Once they do intrude, just return your focus on breathing. Do not react to those thoughts.
Once you’re able to focus for 2 or 3 minutes, extend your sessions to five minutes. Keep this up and you’ll be able to meditate up to 10 minutes.
Aside from focusing on your breathing, you may also try and watch your thoughts. It sounds odd, but it’s an effective way to meditate. Just relax as before, but instead of focusing on your breath, watch your thoughts. Don’t react to your thoughts, just watch them like you’re watching a movie in your mind.
It might take some getting used to, but the key is to keep practicing. The more you meditate the more it is going to benefit you especially if you work long hours. By meditating you’ll be in a better position to cope with stress,, and the good thing about it is the positive effects are quickly felt.
The bottom line is meditation provides a lot of benefits and there is no excuse not to practice it. You don’t need to spend a lot of time doing it, but over time you’ll want to make time for it because of the benefits you feel. So go ahead, give it a try.