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Stop trying to do everything

If you're feeling overwhelmed by competing demands, follow these simple tips to fend off panic and refocus your mind.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by competing demands, follow these simple tips to fend off panic and refocus your mind

Earlier this week I was chatting to a friend, Charlie, a charge nurse who had been on call for his hospital all weekend. He had been deeply affected by the sight of staff nurses crying in despair as they tried their best to cope with yet another relentless shift.

They're not alone. Faced with unprecedented demands, nurses across the country are desperately trying to keep going. Some risk burnout or finding themselves in a dark place where everything feels overwhelming.

Fortunately, there are things you can do and while they won't fix the NHS crisis, they can help you feel a little bit more in control.

Break

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