High stress levels in nursing can lead to burnout, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and high blood pressure. Rooted in Buddhism, mindfulness has long been an accepted therapy for anxiety, stress, pain and trauma. Mindfulness is the "purposeful and nonjudgemental attentiveness to one's own experience, thoughts and feelings." While benefiting mental and physical health, relaxation and keener focus improve decision-making, productivity, negotiating powers and conflict resolution.
Studies show that nurses who practice mindfulness cope better with stress, reduce exhaustion, decrease rumination, enhance relaxation and improve life satisfaction, with measured improvements in patient care and satisfaction.
Mindful moments slow you down so you can breath and check in with yourself and hopefully prevent future burnout.