We know at this point in your career—you’re as experienced with traveling as they come. Even still, a temporary move can be quite stressful, no matter how many times you’ve been through it! When your usual go-to tricks in managing your stress are falling flat, where do you turn?

    *Psst* That’s where Freedom comes in! As the premier staffing partner for high-quality nurses and allied professionals, it’s our top priority to ensure the comfort and success of those that we work with. If there are times you’re feeling overwhelmed, let us know, and we’ll provide you with the support and resources you may be looking for!

    For now, try these tips that our team has put together for you:

    Remind yourself of what you can control; ask yourself what you can solve.

    No matter how prepared you may be, there might be hiccups during your travels that are simply out of your hands. Remember to be kind to yourself when these things happen—blaming yourself won’t do you (or anyone else) any favors.

    Instead, when a problem occurs, ask yourself what you can solve and be proactive in resolving the issue.

    Take five minutes to relax your muscles and breathe. 

    When you’re stressed, you don’t just feel it emotionally—you feel it physically. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, attempt a reset by loosening up your muscles and practicing some deep breathing. To loosen up your muscles, try stretching, a hot shower or bath, a good night’s rest, or all of the above. For breathing, try these simple exercises.

    Be assertive, not aggressive.

    It’s important that you’re able to openly express yourself—whether it be your feelings or beliefs. In fact, getting things off your chest will actually help relieve the stress you may be feeling. However, there’s a fine line between assertive and aggressive—which can translate into angry or defensive behavior and also be deemed counter-productive.

    Set healthy expectations of yourself.  

    In our previous blog post, 4 ways to Set Healthy Boundaries at Work, we discussed communicating openly with your colleagues your personal boundaries so that you’re able to maintain a more reasonable work and life balance. While it’s important that others are receptive of your boundaries, it’s also important that you adhere to these as well and are able to recognize when you’re pushing yourself too far.

    Try to avoid caffeine.

    Large doses of caffeine cause a (short-term) spike in blood pressure, which isn’t a good thing if you’re already stressed out. If you’re still aching for a coffee, try a low-caffeine tea that contains healthy antioxidants to get you through.

    Still struggling with managing your stress? Reach out to the Freedom team and we’ll brainstorm with you!

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