Secrets A Nurse Can Learn from Navy Seals to Lessen Stress in the Workplace

Is your stress level in the workplace so high that you think you could fall on the floor one day because of too much exhaustion?

As a nurse, you have to deal with stress every day, especially if you are assigned to the emergency room.

But you know what, it might be a surprising connection to some, but nurses need to be like Navy Seals. As a nurse, you can actually learn at least 6 secrets from Navy Seals so that you can lessen your stress levels at work. Yes! You read that right. Navy Seals can teach you how to handle stress.

 What Does a Navy SEAL Know about Handling Stress?

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Well, the question should be, what does a navy seal DON’T know about handling stress? There is a common misconception that Navy SEALs are super athletes. They need not be super athletes. What they need to be is mentally ready to handle stress and not break down!

Aha! So, they really can handle stress!

The secret then lies not in their physical toughness but their mental capacity.

6 Secrets A Navy SEAL Can Teach You About Stress

If you think that your life as a nurse is full of stress, think again. Navy SEALs live and breath stress. It makes them tough. Yes, they are tough. Maybe the toughest in the world. So, you as a desk worker, a nurse or any other civilian could learn a few things about handling stress from them.

Here are their secrets:

  1. Navy Seal Focus – Fine tune your senses

Image result for sniper focusImagine a code blue and a code white in the middle of the night during your shift in the ER.

How will you deal with this effectively with less stress? A Navy SEAL will handle with focus! When Navy tries to focus, they stay calm, take deep breaths and focus on a particular task at hand.

2. Take one step at a time

Don’t step on a landmine or you will blow up! Image result for one step at a time

Take one step at a time! When you are faced with a problem as big as an elephant, solve it one chunk at a time, the ear first, then the tail, one foot. Well, you get the point! Visualize the goal and focus. 

Then solve the problem little by little. I tell you, although this might sound cliche, it really works. Navy SEALs do it and it gets things done. Why not do the same. 

3. Breathing Technique to Lower Stress

SEALs have what they call a 4 x 4 x 4 breathing technique. They claim that this is an effective way to handle high stress. How to do it?Image result for navy breathing technique

  • Breathe IN for 4 seconds
  • Breathe OUT for 4 seconds
  • Repeat for 4 minutes

Here is a quick video on how you should properly do it.

If some of you find this technique familiar, you are correct, this is also what yogis teach. This breathing exercise switches your stress hormones and relaxes your body, preparing it to focus.  

4. Non-reactivity

This means that you should “reframe” your view of a particular situation. You can refocus and turn an adverse event into a positive one.

During “Hell Week” Navy SEAL trainees experience a lot of physical hardships, mental torture and even emotional breakdown. The way to handle this is by non-reactivity. Instead of giving up because of helplessness, say this mantra “I believe I am capable of succeeding!”

5. Wear the Correct Gear 

When a Navy SEAL goes into battle, they are prepared. They are always prepared! They have the right gear and are appropriately dressed for the occasion.

As a nurse, you should be ready for every shift you go into. First of all, you should have had a lot of rest before your shift as this will make you more focused when you go to work and then:

  • Stethoscope? Check!Image result for nursing gears
  • Scrub suit? Check!
  • Clogs? Check!

…And of course,

Cotton Compression Socks? Check!

As a nurse, you do a lot of standing up, moving and running around or even sitting for long hours. To lessen your stress levels, wear a good pair of comfortable cotton compression socks that will help reduce fatigue, swelling and boost your blood circulation in your feet and calves.

To know more about the best cotton compression socks for nurses, check out these.

6. Celebrate Small Victories

Small victories are the best victories!

Image result for celebrate small victoriesQuoting –Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace-by Anne Lamott: “…You have to be grateful whenever you get to someplace safe and okay, even if it turns out it wasn’t quite where you were heading…”

Think about it, small victories when added together win the battle! So, put a smile on your face and drop the stress celebrating your small victories.

What about you? What are your secrets in making a stressful day seem like a breeze? You may want to share them in the comments below for everyone to learn from as well.

Thanks for reading!

 

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