On every airline flight, a flight attendant give directions to those on board so they know what to do if there is an emergency. One line always stands out for me; “If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person”. I think this line speaks volumes about the importance of self-care. Because if we don’t take care of ourselves, how can we take care of others?
- Get medical and dental checkups on a regular basis
- Find an exercise that you like to do and set time aside to do it. Schedule the time as an appointment and keep it!
- If you have fallen away from your religious affiliation, reconnect. Having a higher power that you can depend on, talk to, pray to and believe in can provide strength during challenging times.
- Find a cause that means something to you and volunteer. Giving back allows you to focus on others rather than yourself.
- Continue to learn. Learning helps us learn new perspectives and opens up your mind. If you have a desire to return to school, make time for it. If you are interesting learning new things, look at your local community colleges as many times they have self-improvement courses that you can take for reasonable costs. Another option is an online program called Coursera. These are on-line courses that are free and cover a wide variety of topics. Here is the link to review the website and the various courses offered. https://www.coursera.org
- Take the time to have fun. Life is short. Take time off and enjoy yourself, your family and your friends.
- Make a move. If you are not happy in your career, make a move. Nursing is rich with opportunities.
- Network with colleagues. Networking is an important part of your professional career.
So from one nurse to another, take care of yourself!
To read more post on Self-Help from the August 2015 Nurse Blog Carnival go to http://thebossynurse.com/nurse-blog-carnival-self-care-for-nurses/.
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I think your point about finding an exercise you LIKE to do is key. It ties in well to having fun that you mention down the list. I totally agree- if you dread the exercise, you're not going to do it. Great post, Anne.
Great post Anne and I agree that nurses are prone to throwing self care out the window. It is not healthy for us, our patients, or the systems we work in. I think it is crucial for us to make ourselves a priority and this in turn will enable us to provide safe care and sustain our enthusiasm for life-long learning! Thanks for your great list of tips and keep up your self-care efforts!
I agree with Elizabeth. If you don't enjoy your exercise, it won't last, and it will be wasted effort. Learning is crucial and severely underrated, especially in America, where entertainment is king. Great post!
"Continue to learn" is so important for nurses who may become disabled. Be prepared so you can move into a new career path if disability happens.
Great realistic and practical tips here. "Continuing to learn" resonates a lot for me, and volunteering, and of course if your current nursing job is not a good fit, there are as you say many "rich opportunities" for nurses.
I have so much fun dancing with my friends in my Zumba class I rarely think of it as a workout. Big stress relief for me too!
Anne thanks for the post. I am in the process of trying to "make a move" That is why I love nursing, there are so many unique opportunities in our profession.
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Really enjoyed your post. If we are going to give our patients the care they deserve then we must make sure to take care of ourselves. Thanks for posting.
Thanks Elizabeth…we all have to like what we are doing….or we won't do it.
Thanks Beth….so many nurses forget about themselves. Self-care is important and something each of us has to learn to do better at! Have a good week
So true Greg……
Thank Donna….life long learning is a MUST for everyone!
Thanks Annette. Appreciate your comments.
Yes, that is how I feel about swimming…..it is a solo sport, but love the people I meet at the pool!
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Wow Kelly….keep us posted.Very exciting!
This is such a great post & also refreshing- These are some excellent tips that we can implement right away- Thanks for sharing-
Thank you for your candid advise! I love a good list to refer to check off!