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Nursing is an intense yet thoroughly rewarding career. However, as a nurse, you know that time never stands still. Whether you’re working in a hospital or doctor’s office, busy schedules are the norm. This job is also demanding on physical, mental, and emotional health. So it’s essential to look after your wellbeing to ensure you can stay on track and perform at your best every day.
Take a look at some of the ways to stay happy and healthy to improve your wellbeing.
The saying ‘you are what you eat’ certainly rings true. If you find that convenience foods and have taken over, you’ll probably notice some differences in your energy levels and overall motivation. It can be challenging to eat well if you work long shifts and odd hours, but meal planning can help. Prepare meals ahead of the week and freeze them. That way, you’ll have a healthy meal but without a lot of midweek prep.
While doctors and nurses are on their feet all the time, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make time for some fitness every day. It doesn’t have to be an intensive workout to count either. Just taking a stroll around the park or trying at-home activities is a great way to get the blood pumping. It’ll also help to keep your strength levels up throughout a busy day.
Good quality sleep is something people don’t get enough of. Even if you get the full eight hours a night, is it really a good night’s sleep? To feel rested, try to get into a routine and limit looking at devices or the TV before bed. Perhaps read a book or have a bath to unwind to help you drift off and wake up refreshed the next day.
It can be challenging to make time for yourself, and as a nurse, looking after others is part of the job and lifestyle. However, looking after yourself is a top priority to ensure you can give others care when they need it. Make time for self-care and wellness activities. This can be enjoying your hobbies or booking a pamper session every now and then. Make time to visit family and friends, as this can be a great way to disconnect from work and live in the present.
Work can take up a lot of time in your schedule, and while it’s a part of who you are, there’s also a lot more to you than your job. To keep your mind healthy and happy, why not try something new. Learn a skill or hobby, or even go back to school, and take some extra qualifications to improve your career. There are also plenty of free online courses available. These include everything from job-related skills to enhancing your wellbeing.Improving your health and happiness is an essential part of feeling well and motivated each day. So why not give these small lifestyle changes a try and make it happen!