Nursing is often a labor of love that can include long shifts. It is pretty common now for nurses to work three twelve-hour shifts. That’s a lot of time on-the-go! It can feel endless and it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. Here are 5 Apple Watch apps to make your day a little easier:
Breathing may seem like a no-brainer, but this app reminds you to take the time just to breathe. "Breathe" will notify you on your Apple Watch when it’s time to take a moment, be still, and take deep breaths. There is a guided animation and tap sensation to guide you during this designated breathing period.
Benefits of taking deep breaths:
- Slows your heartbeat
- Stabilizes your blood pressure
- Lowers your stress
- Reduces tension
- Relieves pain
Harvard Medical School has a great article that illustrates how structured breathing can relieve stress.
Meet your watch’s newest companion!
"StepDog" is a virtual pet who lives on your watch. The goal is to tire your dog out until he goes to sleep. All you have to do is walk (which you're already doing). This is a stress-free walking app in that you choose your step goal and watch the dog run and play until you tire him out—there is no time limit. The free version defaults to a husky, and for $0.99 you can unlock 10+ dog breeds (and even cats). Put this adorable icon on your watch face to keep an eye on your dog and see your step count.
Who says “cheaters never prosper?”
What’s different about this app is that it does not send you notifications to remind you of tasks. This customizable app lets you display up to three items with the icon of your choosing on your watch face. All you have to do is open the app on your watch or phone to see your full list. This is very handy for reminding you of tasks, to-do’s, passwords and more! Just keep in mind that there is no security for this app, so you may want to keep your social security number in your head.
It may seem silly to remind yourself to drink water, but you would be surprised how often people forget to stay hydrated. This easy app has you input some basic information such as your weight, sex, and even when you typically wake up and go to sleep. You then suggest the quantity of water you would like to drink and what your default water bottle size is. From your Apple Watch, you can keep track of how much water you drink each day and set reminders to drink with a custom message. The custom message gives this reminder app a personal touch.
It is so frustrating when you check the time and think “darn, I forgot to take my medications AGAIN!” It's even worse when you forget to give your child or pet their medications. "Tablets" is a great solution to this problem. In tablets, you create individual profiles for you and/or members of your family. You enter the name of your medication and can even upload a photo of it. Then all you have to do is select the day and time you want to be reminded!
Being a busy nurse is stressful and it’s easy to forget the little (but important) things. You have the power to select helpful tools to help you make your life just a little bit easier! Additionally, please be mindful of your emotional and physical health by making sure you take breaks, eat a balanced diet, and get plenty of sleep.