No matter what goals you have in life or your career, there is one thing that is certain. You can’t move forward if your health is moving the opposite direction. Good self-care is the launch pad for taking care of others.
Follow these steps so you will have the energy to be a difference maker in the workplace:
6-8 hours a night is the right amount of shut-eye you need to be fresh and alert for a typical work day. Shut off all electronics 30 minutes before bedtime to ensure you reach REM sleep quickly and stay there, so your body can regenerate.
Nurses know nutrition, but sometimes it’s harder to do than say when working. Pack lunches and leave the processed foods where they belong, back at the grocery store. Prep your lunch the day before so you don’t rush out last minute and are forced to fast convenience foods. Those meals typically are higher in sodium, calories, and they cost more. Your wallet and waistline will thank you.
It is no secret that medical staff have to do and see things that can be hard. Challenges you face can bring you down. Never be afraid to speak to a supervisor, family member, or counselor about any negative feelings you may be experiencing.
Protecting your mental health by not bottling up feelings will help you process the sometimes difficult parts of your career. Talking to others helps you avoid feeling isolated and alone.
Not all aspects of being a difference maker revolve around the technical work of patient care. Taking care of yourself will be the most important box to check during your tenure, because your physical and mental health will be reflected in the quality of work you perform.