For most nurses in Canada, nursing is their first “real” job outside of university or college life, so it can be hard to find the balance between the professional and the personal.
People often consider nursing as a profession that’s only based on giving. However, that’s far from the truth. Fatigue and stress are major contributors to poor performance at work.
Statistics reveal that about 3.7 million Canadians report feeling high levels of stress due to work. And 2 in 5 Canadians report a strain on their relationships with friends and family due to work.
Start on the right front and ensure you don’t lose out on the lighter parts of life. With some preparation, you’ll be able to make this transition smoothly!
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Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance as a nurse:
Tip #1 – Indulge in Self-Care
Nurses need to balance self-care with patient care. They cannot take on everything in their life and be a flawless caregiver at the same time.
Nurses can suffer from mental fatigue or physical injuries due to overwork. Avoid these by investing in yourself. Go for massage therapy sessions to give your muscles a break.
Sleep loss is a commonly accepted phenomenon in the nursing industry; a 67.7% sleep deprivation rate has been reported by Canadian nurses. Make sure to get extra sleep before going back onto shift so that you have ample energy levels.
Practise mindfulness techniques such as eating mindfully and taking pauses to ground yourself during shifts.
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Tip #2 –Create Positive Connections
70% of employees report workplace friendships to be crucial factors in determining a happy work life. After all, there’s more to connect with when you’ve got the same boss and similar patients.
It’s also more likely for you to match schedules and hang out together on days off.
A positive social circle will enable you to experience the lighter moments of life and not get bogged with the daily demands of nursing.
Tip #3 – Relieve Stress Healthily
Stress is inevitable. At some point, you will experience an unhealthy amount of stress. Instead of turning towards unhealthy coping habits such as smoking or drinking, let exercise be your relief.
By boosting the release of endorphins, exercise promotes good mental and physical health.
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