12 Ways to Deal with Pre and Postshift Anxiety in the Nurses Home

12 Tips for Nurses to Deal with Pre and Postshift Anxiety
12 Tips for Nurses to Deal with Pre and Postshift Anxiety

Are you an anxious type? If so, you know the feeling – when the day starts out great and you’re looking forward to working hard to make it even better, but as the hours pass and your tasks finally begin to feel like work, you start to get anxiety. You know that feeling when something isn’t quite right; something just isn’t clicking? When you feel like there’s a hole in the day that needs filling that just isn’t there? You start to get pre-shift jitters, morning anxiety sets in long before you leave home, and even after you arrive at work, your efforts are often undone by post-shift nerves. What’s going on?! A lot of us have anxiety when we’re tired or stressed out at work. But what if that anxious behavior is actually productive? And what if it can be used as a good thing rather than a bad thing?

What is Post-Shift Anxiety?

Post-shift anxiety is the anxiety you feel right after you leave the office, at home or wherever you’re in “The Zone” and your tasks are finished. Some of it is normal and expected. Some of it is unwanted and should stop. After you’ve completed your work at work, you need to relax so that you can perform your best. But you also need to decompress so that you can relax and feel peaceful and serene. Unfortunately, people with anxiety find it hard to relax, and the anxious thoughts and feelings that result can make this difficult. Instead of fighting them out in an effort to win, you need to recognize that there are ways to deal with them.

How to Deal with Pre- and Postshift Anxiety in the Nurses Home

As mentioned above, pre- and post-shift anxiety is normal and to a certain extent expected. What you don’t want to do is try to stir up the same anxious thoughts that are already making you feel jittery. You also don’t want to repress or push away your anxious thoughts. Instead, you need to recognize that some of the anxiety is normal, temporary and even helpful. It’s called “vigilance” and it’s a crucial part of our survival. When we’re faced with a new situation, such as our first day of work or our first day of meditation, we need to be prepared for potential threats and attacks. We need to be mindful so that we don’t overreact.

10 Ways to Deal with Pre- and Postshift Anxiety in the Nurses Home

When you’re really, really stressed out, you may wish to try some of the following relaxation techniques to help you feel a little more at ease. But before you try any of these techniques, it’s important to know how they work in general. Wake up slowly. This one’s easy – when you’re feeling stressed out, you want to stretch and move your body so that you experience some “exercising” and get rid of some of that tension. Go for a walk, take a nap, or do whatever you need to do to get your body moving and help you shake off some of that energy. Find a hobby. This may seem counterintuitive, but you need to find something else to focus your attention on if you want to stop thinking about work. Maybe you can’t concentrate on your work because you’re so busy thinking about it – this is called “cyclical thinking” and is VERY common with people who have anxiety. Pick something else – or at least something that gets your mind off work. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. While you’re trying to relax, you also need to hold your attention, so you can open your eyes and see what you’re doing with them. It may sound simple, but not many people realize this – as soon as you focus on one thing, like breathing, you’re more likely to stay on task and focus on what you’re doing. Use a timer. A few short breaks between tasks will help you avoid overthinking and racing through tasks. You also need to give yourself “me time”, when you’re not under pressure. Practice self-compassion. This one’s super important for everyone, but it’s especially crucial for people with anxiety. Whenever you’re feeling stressed out, instead of analyzing it or putting it down to “not being a good enough” person, you need to remember that you’re not – and this is true for everyone, not just people with anxiety. Stay connected with your friends and family. As mentioned above, you need support when you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure of yourself. You can also ask a friend to talk to you when you’re on the phone.

What to do Instead of a P90X Workout

If you’ve been struggling with pre- and post-shift anxiety and you’re looking for a workout that’s both effective and has little or no impact on your day, try this routine. P90X Workout – Beginner 30 mins Workout 3 Sets of 8-10 Reps P90X Workout – Advanced 50 mins Workout 3 Sets of 8-10 Reps P90X Workout – Fat Blaster 60 mins Workout 3 Sets of 8-10 Reps P90X Workout – Hardcore 70 mins Workout 3 Sets of 8-10 Reps P90X Workout – High intensity 80 mins Workout 3 Sets of 8-10 Reps P90X Workout – Low impact 90 mins Workout 3 Sets of 8-10 Reps P90X Workout – Meh 100 mins Workout 3 Sets of 8-10 Reps P90X Workout – Ninja 110 mins Workout 3 Sets of 8-10 Reps P90X Workout – Special Effects 120 mins Workout 3 Sets of 8-10 Reps If you’re looking for a routine that gets your heart rate up, raises core body temperature and increases blood pressure, this is not the workout for you.


Getting stressed out at work can be a really, really bad thing. ItShortens your life. It is bad for your health. It is bad for your relationships and it is bad for your finances. It is also possible to Over Think about work and not actually do any work. While you shouldn’t try to avoid your tasks at all costs, you can minimize the anxiety that comes with them. The key is to recognize when you’re in the “zone” and how to react to that.

Noah Chapman
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