February brings with it some of the worst winter days, but we can go through these days by engaging in self-care ideas. Nurses hardly have time for self-care, but these ideas have proven to be just what we need to deliver better on the job.
It is no secret that the February winter days can have a massive effect on your productivity. However, by engaging in a few self-care processes, you can improve your efficiency on the job.
Are you a nurse in search of self-care ideas for February? We have put together a few that could help in this section. Check them out below:
Begin each day by expressing gratitude for where you are and your experiences. When you think about your life, you’d see so many reasons to be thankful. You can improve your gratitude habit by journaling. Write down a reason to be thankful at the end of each day. This way, you have something to show gratitude for the next morning.
One of the key tenets of self-care is checking on yourself. Spend some time every day asking yourself how you feel and how you are doing on the job. You need to be as honest as you can when answering these questions. This is known as mindfulness and it helps you visualize what is going on internally.
Do you know that you can improve the quality of your daily life significantly by engaging in breathwork? Strange, but true. Just focusing on your breath for a few moments every day is one of the best self-care ideas you can engage in. Doing this helps to re-calibrate your body so that it reverts to its parasympathetic state. All you need to do is take slow and deep inhalations, exhaling after each one. This activity has several benefits such as decreasing anxiety, improving focus, and ensuring you have a clearer mind.
Most nurses get to sacrifice their jolly good sleep on the altar of service to their patients and the community. Isn’t that what the job expects? Nursing is a very demanding profession that can steal a lot from you, including your sleep. Asides from the job, many other activities can rob you of a good night’s sleep. The first step to getting adequate sleep is figuring out when you should sleep and wake up. Then, you need to find out what has been preventing you from getting adequate sleep. Draw up a plan to help you get adequate hours of sleep daily and strive to stick to it. Doing this will improve your mental processes, memory, and general mood. In the end, you will become a better nurse.
What other self-care ideas for February do you have as a nurse? Kindly share them with us in the comments section. Please spend some time checking out our other blogs on Natty Nurses.