PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Self Help Physical
Provider PTSD Toolkit
Breathing TechniquesChanging the way you breathe is another tool that has been shown to be effective in reducing stress and burnout.27,32,68 Controlled breathing, a form of breathing where you slow the breathing in a systematic, controlled way, with a focus on expanding the belly, increases ventilation to the lungs,102 reduces stress,103 and decreases hypertensive symptoms.104
Sleep ManagementSleep management is important to good physical and mental health. Lack of sleep has been found to be associated with poor health outcomes such as an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and poor immune system function.107 Lack of sleep can affect your concentration and performance abilities, which can impact patient care. Visit the National Sleep Foundation for more information.
Exercise and Diet
Exercise and DietExercise can improve both your physical and mental health. Benefits include increasing energy, relieving stress, and increasing positive social interactions with others.105 The YouTube video 23 and 1/2 hours is an excellent summary of the topic. Get started exercising before you feel stressed. People who exercise regularly are more likely to increase exercise when under stress.106
Eating well-balanced meals is vital to optimal functioning. It is easy to get into bad eating habits when rushed and trying to "save time." Poor habits include buying fast food, skipping breakfast, eating at your desk, and eating too quickly. Below is a link to some useful resources for jump-starting your exercise and nutrition programs.