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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