Your profession as a nurse demands that you teach patients how to achieve or maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, instead of also looking after your health, often you spend a lot of time nursing others. You may neglect your health because you are often busy or unwilling to adhere to your teachings.
In the end, all that you experience, including losing a patient, and many hours working, may take a toll on your health. A nurse has to assist in surgeries, monitor patients’ health, update patients’ files, and perform daily other responsibilities.
As a nurse, you must maintain your health to be a perfect patient role model. Being healthy means you are highly productive and capable of delivering effective holistic care. No patient would want to be attended to by an ailing or unhealthy nurse.
For that reason, here are ways you can ensure you stay healthy even as you perform your responsibilities as a health care provider.
Participate in hobbies
Engaging yourself in leisure activities for at least 15-20 minutes every week can help reduce your level of exhaustion. If you have free time, use it to effectively do something you love that is also helpful to your health, such as listening to music, playing a musical instrument, rock climbing or dancing.
If you still do not have a hobby, find a way to have one or a couple. Participating in hobbies also provides an excellent way to socialise with others.
Maintain a schedule
You should have a schedule that describes what you are supposed to be doing before and after working hours. For example, eating or drinking coffee may help prepare your body and mind to focus and not be prone to stress before, during and after your shift.
Other types of rituals may involve fixing your look and performing deep breaths.
Once your shift is over, especially if it was a stressful experience, avoid talking about it as you may find yourself getting even more stressed. You can go over to your friends to have fun or enjoy a night out.
Alternatively, you can enrol in online nursing education to familiarise yourself with new developments in your field.
You can hang out with friends and or family in a cafe or bar. When socialising, avoid the temptation to discuss work, especially if it may bring negative vibes. Another option is to visit the cinema or a concert and enjoy your life, away from the stressful nursing environment.
Socialise in different ways. Do not just be visiting entertainment joints after work. Instead, think of innovative ways of having safe fun to relieve stress.
Observe personal hygiene
Before and after your shift, always take a cold or warm bath. Showering refreshes and relaxes. Bathing after a shift can help remove any germs that may have attacked you during your shift and avoid being an infection carrier. Follow the established precautionary guidelines, such as washing hands when getting ready to work.
Eat breakfast before going to work
If your shift is during the day, eat a heavy breakfast. According to the Mayo Clinic, eating a healthy breakfast is beneficial as it delivers more energy, increases brain function, and provides vital vitamins and minerals. Your breakfast should be rich in fibre, proteins, and carbohydrates. Eat things like fruits, yoghourt, and whole wheat bread.
If possible, carry some healthy snacks with you to your workplace. Avoid the temptation to purchase unhealthy choices like sweets, chips, cookies, and chocolate, particularly if you have had a stressful day.
Have enough sleep
Every nurse understands that every sleeping hour is essential. Many nurses do not usually get the 7 to 9 hours of night sleep recommended by sleep experts.
Getting adequate sleep can help you keep the brain functions alert and chronic health issues at bay. When going to sleep, prepare so that nothing annoying disturbs or wakes you up in the middle of the night.
Now and then, you can go out for a medspa, shopping, or a holiday. Rewarding yourself is an excellent way of eliminating stress from your body.
Everyone can be a great nurse; all you have to do is follow the tips provided to improve your health.