Updated: Apr 14, 2021
Self-care is essential for nurses during long-hour shifts and in a fast-paced environment. Self-care is about focusing on your unique personal needs and well-being. As a nurse, you are vital to your team's success, and caring for yourself will promote a better workday. Mental and physical health is key to productivity and your overall health. Taking a few minutes out of the day to encourage self-care can create a better workday routine and all-around healthy work-life.
Below are some ideas to implement during your workday to promote self-care.
Read books, journals, or magazines
Attend an in-service training
Talk with peers
Setting aside time for meditation
Take a 15 min walk outside on a break
Bring healthy foods high in energy. (fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins)
Listen to relaxing music on your break
Stretch between downtime at work.
These easy steps will help reduce your stress, add value and balance to your day. Setting aside time for mental and physical self-care will benefit you as a nurse and encourage a happier and healthier lifestyle. Always remember, self-care matters because you matter.