Long-Term Care

How to deal with stress

LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, June 4, 2009

A CNA's job can be stressful at times. It's important for a CNA to know when he or she is stressed and know how to deal with the physical effects stress causes. CNAs should perform the following three exercises to help relieve the physical effects of stress:

  • Exercise #1: Reach your arms up and stretch as high as possible. Try to reach the ceiling. Hold this position for a count of 10. Then relax your arms at your sides for a count of 10. Do this three times.
  • Exercise #2: Extend your arms in front of you, chest high. Keeping your arms at the same level, swing them behind you and try to touch your fingers behind your back. Do this 10 times.
  • Exercise #3: Try to touch your elbows behind your back. It is not possible, but try. Relax a few seconds, then repeat. Do this five times.

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