As a crisis or strike nurse, you get focused on caring for your patients. However, it is extremely important to take care of yourself. So we checked in with nurse experts to get tips on how they practice self-care.
Unplug. Whether it’s in your room or on a break. Take some time to be away from all electronics and just relax.
Get moving. Regardless if it is a walk, bike ride, or exercise class, doing physical activity releases endorphins and can help alleviate your stress.
Take your break. It may sound intuitive, but make sure you take breaks when you can at work and grab a bite to eat, even if it’s just a quick snack.
Music. Listen to music. Radio, streaming, live music or you singing in the shower, music can help you reset and pick you up.
Splurge on bubble bath or bath salts. Soak in the tub and rest your weary muscles.
Call a friend. Call a friend back home and catch up on their lives. Talking with a friend can be a great stress reliever.
Read a book. Visit the local library or download a book to your phone or tablet. Take a little of your downtime to escape into a different world.
Watch the sunrise or sunset. Take a few minutes to relax and watch the sky change colors.
Try out a new recipe. If you enjoy cooking, take some time to try out a new recipe.
Write thank you cards. Send your old mentors a thank you card. It will brighten both their day and yours!