Another day taking care of sick people. You love your job but the stress of your day is encroaching on your health. Maybe you find yourself tired all the time no matter how much sleep you get. Or you are finding that those scrubs, normally loose, are now fitting tight around the middle. Does your diet consist of donuts, soda and coffee to make it through the day? Having worked at the bedside as a Registered Nurse for years, I know my job took a toll on my health. My weight sky rocketed, I felt overwhelmed and tired. I didn't work out, chose unhealthy food options and I dreamt about patient alarms going off and missing meds! I got to the point of feeling totally beat up. My dream job began negatively affecting my health. I knew I had to change. And I did. It took me a while to figure it out but I succeeded. My hope is that this article provides a few tips to help you better take care of yourself during your stressful work day, so your work day works for you. These ideas can help bring a bounce back to your step, promote self-care and ultimately leave you living brilliant!
Identify a buddy.
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Take some time for yourself.
A day at the bedside taking care of a patient can get out of control in an instant. Your day that was planned with a lunch break all of a sudden becomes a whir of doctors and nurses running in your room. Your stable patient just coded and your patient in the next room develops projectile vomiting. Welcome to the life of a nurse. These stressful events can throw off even the most seasoned nurses. When an appropriate time presents itself, take a moment to yourself. Thank yourself for doing a great job. Take a few deep breaths and tell yourself you are doing your best in this moment. Appreciate what went well during the stressful times. Here's a simple meditation to bring yourself back to the present: place your hand over your heart, breathe deeply, feel your feet in your shoes, and say out loud 'I love myself and I am doing my best'. Acknowledging yourself for doing your best can help alleviate any negativity that may have built up with managing challenging events.
Talk positively to yourself.
I know when I worked at the bedside I would usually beat myself up for the things I didn't get done. By the end of a
Working as a nurse at the bedside can be stressful but rewarding. I hope these simple and straight forward tips support you in your work day and allow you to be the brilliant nurse that you are!
Live Brilliant is the Health and Wellness coaching business of Ginny Stasinski, RN, BSN. Ginny helps nurses and other health professionals learn how to harmonize their work and personal lives so they are empowered to be their best self at work and at home. You can visit http://www.livebrilliant.net and receive additional tips by downloading the FREE tips booklet 5 Simple Actions to Make Your Work Day Brilliant.
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