Are you feeling bored, sad, or gloomy? Do you think this nursing profession isn’t meant for you? If your answer is Yes to both questions, then these five tips to make you become a happier nurse are meant for you. 

  • Choose to be happy

You owe no one your happiness, so always have it at the back of your mind when you wake up in the morning. Put a smile on your face and make the most out of the day being happy. Also, because happiness is contagious, if you want your patients to feel the same way about themselves, choose to be joyful on the inside and out. We all have our bad and good days so anytime you feel low, always remember why you became a nurse that is to care for your patients no matter the circumstances. Determine to be happy, and you will see that your gloomy dispositions will gradually go away.

  • Exercise to free your mind off your worries

Who says nurses can't work out daily? You may be constantly preoccupied with your everyday responsibilities, but that should not excuse you from stretching your muscles. If you think you aren’t fat enough to exercise, then do it to make you a happier nurse. 

Regular physical activity, according to scientific evidence, enhances mood and self-esteem. Exercise eases sadness and anxiety and improves stress management. It causes the release of endorphins in the body, which promotes feelings of happiness and contentment.

  • Count your blessings

Although it might sound cliché you should always remember that you should value things that are around you more not by how many things you possess. You have several things to be grateful for as a nurse such as your nursing education, your loved ones. Your appreciative patients and doctors and also you the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. 

Keep a gratitude notebook or remind yourself of one simple thing that made you proud or made you feel wonderful. You'd be amazed how tiny things can make a big difference in your day.

  • Consider the glass as half-full

Are you getting underpaid and overworked? Instead, be grateful that you still have a job. Are you fed up with your irritable patient? Simply be grateful for the opportunity to develop and learn the importance of patience.

Although, we can't change things around us to what we desire them to be life has wonderful things to offer, and what we should do is to take them one after the other. You may whine your whole life and still be unhappy, so why not choose to look on the bright side of life and find things hidden from your naked eyes? After all, it's not the weight itself that makes life difficult; it's how you bear it.

  • Learn how to let go

It is assumed that tough patients, physicians, or coworkers are common occurrences in the life of a nurse. Some have caused you to anguish in the past, but how you respond to all of these hardships is entirely up to you.

Nursing is both a rewarding and tough job, but don't worry, you'll learn to appreciate these obstacles in the long run. For the time being, it won't hurt to take one baby step at a time and recognize that no matter how hard you try, Nursing will never be the "ideal" playground for the weak of heart.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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