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Post-Shift Wind Down: Five Home Exercises for Travel Nurses
As a nurse, you know the benefits of exercise, but may not take your own advice when it comes to doing it regularly. It’s too easy to find an excuse to skip exercise due to long shifts, unpredictable schedules and traveling. This is where “practice what you preach” comes in; after your shift, it may be tempting to eat a piece of pizza, watch TV and go to sleep, but you’ll feel better if you do these five stretching exercises to wind down and release the stress of the day.
Not many exercises feel better than a twist to massage your organs and release your spine. Here’s how to do it:
You can strengthen your gluteal muscles with the bridge pose, which is easy to do and not too strenuous. Here’s how:
This pose stretches the spine and lower back. Here’s how to do it:
Standing and bending all day can take its toll on your back and knees. This pose builds strength in your quads, core and feet so you can prevent pain. Here’s how to do it:
If you only have time for one pose after your shift, this is the one. Nurses spend most of the day standing and this pose helps to move the flow of blood away from your legs for some much-needed relief. Doing this right before bed will also help you to sleep better. Sound too good to be true? Don’t knock it ‘til you try it! Here’s how:
Why These Exercises Help
It’s no secret that being a nurse can be a stressful job, and it’s important to find a healthy way to manage and relieve stress before it takes a negative toll on your body. It’s clinically proven that being physically active helps protect against stress, anxiety and depression. Mediation is another excellent way to relieve stress (and keep your brain in shape). These stretching exercises combine the best of both worlds.
As a nurse, you’re likely on your feet most of the day. When you finally get home, it’s important to stretch your muscles and relax your mind. So take a few minutes to go through this simple stretching routine to help you wind down and keep your body and mind healthy so you can continue doing what you love.