Make Self-Care A Priority

704f371672ae709aae59c2466afdf7b5-huge-anIt's day 5 of the Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is make self-care a priority.

When you work in a high-stress, fast-paced environment with life-or-death situations, as nurses do, it’s easy to get stressed and snap at coworkers or be short because we feel overwhelmed. Practicing self-care can help you control these reactions. Use stress-relievers and take vacations.

If you need to de-stress on the spot, Dr. Clark suggests using a combination of deep breathing, stretching, and positive visualization. As you breathe deeply, stand on your tiptoes, extend your hands over your head, and reach your fingers up as high as possible. Imagine a calm and peaceful scene and repeat a positive affirmation, such as:


  • “Stress is leaving my body.”
  • “My work is very important.”
  • “I’m making a positive difference in the lives of my patients.”
  • “What I do matters.”

Take steps to cultivate a healthy self-esteem so you’re prepared when a difficult situation arises. Remind yourself of your accomplishments and that you’re a good person. When you’re strong, healthy, and sure of yourself, you’re better equipped to take action against incivility and bullying. 

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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Jul 27, 2018 8:28 AM America/Chicago

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When I need to destress on the spot, I do concentrate on my breathing and repeat to myself "just breathe". For me, I think breathe is such a beautiful and calming word. Concentrating on it really helps me. 
  • Posted Tue 17 Dec 2019 04:44 PM CST

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