By Marli Naidoo
Nursing staff take care of other people’s issues daily, work under a lot of pressure, and are exposed to germs. With these factors in play it can be difficult to stay healthy. This includes physical and mental health and healthy eating habits. What can nurses do to remain strong and balanced on every level?
Exercise regularly. It can be difficult to work long shifts, take care of your family, and still make time for exercise. However, it is essential that you place this high on your list of priorities, so that you can remain strong and fit. Exercise builds stamina and promotes a positive state of mind.
Get enough sleep. No-one can function optimally without the necessary sleep. You can make mistakes at work, begin suffering from exhaustion, and consequently fall ill easily. When you work nightshifts and have to sleep during the day, wear earplugs to eliminate noise and hang light-blocking curtains on your windows.
Practise a hobby when you aren’t at work. It is a wonderful way to enjoy yourself and get rid of stress.
Allow yourself to mourn when a beloved patient, with whom you have worked a long time, passes away. Attend the funeral or send the family a letter of condolence.
Take time off and rest properly. Forget about the work when you aren’t there. Sometimes a week away from work can help you to be able to handle work stress better when you return.
When you stay on the run it can be difficult to eat healthily. Be aware of what you eat; don’t just eat anything that’s quick and easy. Good nutrition results in a healthy, energetic body. High sugar snacks are also problematic. With good planning you can see to it that you always have some healthy snacks at hand to enjoy between meals. It is also important to not eat too little and irregularly. You need fuel to stay on the go.
Keep abreast of your own physical health by going for regular check-ups and don’t ignore physical changes or symptoms. Stop smoking.
Spend time with friends and family when you aren’t at work. Healthy relationships lead to positivity and assists mental health.
Find someone at work with whom you can discuss everything. This would therefore be someone close, and who will not faint when you describe a serious wound. Someone who understands the pressure you have to handle.
Get outdoors as often as possible, spend time in nature, breathe in fresh air, absorb enough vitamin D from sunshine.
Learn to breathe deeply. Talk to yourself in your mind, tell yourself that you can remain calm, can handle anything, you are trained and prepared for anything.
Nurses must take care of themselves the same way they take care of their families and patients. This will ensure that they can remain healthy, happy and strong.
Daily Nurse: https://dailynurse.com/six-health-and-wellness-tips-for-nurses/
Working nurse: https://www.workingnurse.com/articles/21-Ways-Nurses-Can-Stay-Healthy-and-Happy