Six Tips for Nurses Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted 9 days ago

Developed by Dr. Bernadette Melnyk and ANA Enterprise's Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™

If you are feeling anxious and stressed about the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone – many nurses are experiencing higher than normal stress and anxiety levels right now. Here are six tips for coping with COVID-19. 

  1. Breathe deeply: Take five slow deep breaths right now and feel yourself calming down. See [go.osu.edu/justbreathe]go.osu.edu/justbreathe for tips on how to relieve stress through slow, deep breathing.
  2. Practice staying in the present moment: Worrying will not change or help the situation; be here now; stay mindful
  3. Use cognitive-behavioral skills: Remember, how you think affects how you feel and how you behave. If you are having a negative thought (e.g., "I might get the COVID-19 virus and get really sick."), change it to a positive (e.g., "I will stay healthy by taking good self-care and practicing good infection control practices."). Repeat these and other positive thinking statements several times a day (e.g., I'm too blessed to be stressed!).
  4. Read 3 to 5 minutes in a positive thinking book every day before starting work. Positivity will serve as a shield against stress and worry.
  5. Stay active: Physical activity can help relieve stress. Even daily short walks can help.
  6. Talk to someone: Tell a family member or friend how you are feeling. Get help if your stress and anxiety is interfering with your functioning.

We are all in this together!