22 cheap ways for nurses to de-stress

11. Get Your Adrenaline Pumping!

Whether you’re exhausted, frustrated, or just plain stressed-out, nothing beats the blues like getting your blood pumping. Exercise, and the adrenaline it produces, has been proven to help people relax – probably because you’re so tired afterward! The thought of dragging your tired behind to the gym after a 12-hour shift might sound awful, but that’s not your only option. There are tons of great ways to exercise that don’t involve weights, spandex, or protein powder.

Got a dog? Take him for a nice, long walk. Slip on your sneakers and you’re good to go! Looking for something a little more exciting? Try a class like kickboxing or spinning. You can punch and kick your stress away, or imagine yourself cycling toward your next vacation!

Cost: Free if you do something outdoors or at the community center. Gym memberships generally start around $30/month. With this economic climate, you can negotiate a good deal.
More Info: Gym.com, your local community center

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