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As a healthcare professional, you probably already understand the importance of self-care to maintain your ability to work effectively.

Visualization is one technique that can help you process stressful experiences and reconnect with your core values and priorities.

Imagine that you are in a place that is peaceful and calming to you—a place you have been, or one where you would like to be. You may want to write a description of this place, record yourself reading what you
have written, and then listen to the recording as a way to relax. You can find apps and videos for visualization …

One sign of stress is tense muscles, which is why stress can lead to headaches, backaches, and exhaustion. Progressive muscle relaxation is a systematic way to relax your muscles. Take a few minutes during a hectic day to relax your muscles. Here are some easy steps to follow:

  1. Get into a comfortable position.
  2. Choose a muscle group (e.g., muscles in your feet or lower legs).
  3. Breathe in and tighten the muscles in the group for 5 to 10 seconds.
  4. Breathe out and release the muscles suddenly. Relax for at least 10 seconds.
  5. Repeat the process with another muscle group. It

“Let’s all just take a deep breath,” is often a throwaway comment used to de-escalate a tense situation.

As it turns out, it really is good advice.

Deep breathing techniques are readily accessible tools you can use not only to calm you when feeling stressed or anxious, but also to help improve your overall sleep and focus.

The key word is deep. According to an article from Harvard Health Publishing:

“Shallow breathing limits the diaphragm’s range of motion. The lowest part of the lungs doesn’t get a full share of oxygenated air. Deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange

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Yoga not only increases your balance, strength, and flexibility; it can also decrease stress levels and improve your overall mental health. Namaste! …

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