By ProMed Staff
Healthcare provider stress is a very real thing; we’re sure you can relate. Regardless of how much you love your work, the chronic moral and ethical stress, limited staffing, and long hours can significantly impact your health and work-life balance.
That’s why it’s important to develop healthy habits and coping strategies to reduce stress and burnout. Stressing over how to manage stress is the last thing we want you to do. So, we did the homework for you. Below are the top five apps that have helped healthcare professionals manage stress better.
Reflectly- a self-care journal
If you’re like most healthcare professionals, you probably got into this profession to help people. At times, however, the constant demand of caring for patients can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Journaling provides a safe space for your feelings; it helps you understand yourself better. It not only helps in locating the source of the stress but reduces the stress levels.
But who has the time to pen down their feelings when you are constantly on the move? Journaling apps such as Reflectly helps you keep up with a regular writing habit by sending you notifications reminding you to write every day. Vent your thoughts and feelings each day to improve your mood and practice mindfulness. Do it. Your mental health will thank you!
Working as a clinician is physically and emotionally intense, often leaving little time for bathroom breaks, to eat correctly, or even drink enough fluids. However, proper hydration isn’t just about keeping thirst at bay. All kinds of important health benefits come from downing enough water- from temperature regulation to fewer headaches. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to know for sure that you’re getting enough fluids every single day. That’s where hydration apps like Waterminder, HydroCoach, MyWater come in. These apps help you calculate appropriate hydration amounts based on your body weight or personal goal and sends reminders all day long, making it easy to hit your target intake.
A Nursing State of Mind Podcast
This is a podcast by nurses for nurses in every practice setting.
Now more than ever, nurses are struggling with whether they chose the right career and if they’ll be able to make it in nursing for the long haul. Knowing that you are not alone can help. Listening to how others are making it through can provide ideas on coping mechanisms especially during COVID. A Nursing State of Mind, a podcast by nurses for nurses in every practice setting, does just that. Two veteran nurses discuss stress relief strategies with practical ideas to renew confidence, energy, and the passion for nursing.
Getting outside, away from the hospital, can go a long way in coping with the day-to-day stress at work. The All-Trails app guides you on getting outside and reconnecting with nature. Whether you prefer hiking, biking, or running, this app has you covered. Go ahead and switch up your routine and explore all that outdoors has to offer!
Dive into the serenity of the Calm app. This mindful meditation app is excellent for those focused on creating a peaceful environment. Taking short breaks is a great way to reduce caregiver stress, improve health and well-being, and help you stay calm and patient. Some other mindfulness and sleep apps worthy of your attention include Headspace, Aura, Buddhify, and Breethe.