As a nurse, you are constantly on your feet and working long 12-hour shifts. To avoid burning out from overworking yourself, it is crucial for you to find ways to unwind and relax. Taking the time to implement a self-care routine is not only good for you, but also beneficial to your patients, family and coworkers.
Take a Breath Before Going into Work
Being a nurse is no easy task. Having to tend to every patients’ needs at all hours of the day and into the night is exhausting just thinking about it. Taking a breath before going into work and remembering why you started this journey in the first place, might make the difference between a good or bad shift. Remember to ask for the strength to be kind, caring and attentive no matter how difficult it may get. YOU GOT THIS!
Remember to Drink Lots of Water
Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated while on shift has many health benefits for nurses. However, when you are busy taking care of patients it’s easy to forget. Somehow, it always seems easier to remember to chug down cups of coffee rather than water. Since the body is mainly composed of water, staying hydrated throughout your shift will keep you focused, alert and help you make better decisions. Bringing a reusable water bottle to work can be used as a good reminder to drink up!
Be Sure to Bring Lunch and Snacks
Working as a nurse, no two days are the same. EVER. Some days your breaks are right on time while others, you may not get to as planned. Bringing healthy snacks is a great way to hold you over until you can eat a full meal. Quick snacks throughout the day will keep you energized and alert. Not only are you taking care of others, but you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself too.
Take Your Breaks
Even when it is busy, especially when it is busy, you need to walk away to clear your head so you don’t make mistakes. Your body needs a break to relax, especially during a stressful shift. I mean, let’s face it, aren’t almost all shifts stressful? Working for long periods of time without breaks leads exhaustion and stress. Breaks refresh the mind, restores your mental health, and helps you become more detailed oriented.
Give Yourself Credit!
It takes a strong person to selflessly tend to the needs of others for twelve hours, you give a lot away. Remember to replenish that with rest, down time, gratitude and quality time with friends and family. Find a hobby, watch your favorite movie or cook something new, self-care should be a top priority on your days off!