Nurses are infamous for working hard. It’s what we do. We do it so well, we often volunteer for more work (can you say overtime?) Even though we should do just the opposite.
I’m a firm believer that nurse burn out, nurse job dissatisfaction and nurse’s leaving our profession have to do with not taking enough time for ourselves. We have to try playing just as hard as we work. And demanding that you don’t bring your job stress home.
Take time to smell the roses (yes, I know it’s cliche’) Find a lil’ “me” time in the chaos. Help your mind and your body reset before you tackle the hum of your job again and again.
Even if it’s only for a short time. A couple hours, or dedicating an entire day to you and yours. Make sure YOU matter in your life.
I’m married to a wonderful women who is also a nurse. We do our very best to make “we” time. Even if it’s just a simple leisure walk in the park. Breathing in the air, soaking up the sun and stretching our legs. It’s this time, where we reset. So that we have the strength to keep doing what we do.
Find your “me” time. You’ll be happier and healthier for it.