Show Yourself Kindness powered by CeraVe 66
Show Yourself Kindness powered by CeraVe

As a nurse, you know what it means to be compassionate. You show compassion to your patients and loved ones every day. You know it involves acts of friendliness, respect, communication, and empathy. Being compassionate to others is often thought of as a natural, almost innate part of a nursing career. 

But what about self-compassion? How often do you give yourself the same kind of friendliness and respect you offer others? To continue giving to those around you, you must keep your own cup full. Having compassion for yourself is a big part of that. 

“With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend,” says Kristin Neff, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion. “Research shows that self-compassion is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to create health and happiness.” 

Our 10 day #healthynurse Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe provides daily tips as reminders to extend kindness and compassion to ourselves. During this challenge, we’re excited to help you strengthen your own self-compassion. After this challenge, you’ll feel empowered with greater emotional resiliency as well as the motivation to: 

  • Achieve your goals 
  • Better cope with adversity 
  • Take responsibility for your actions 
  • Care for others in a sustainable way 

Let’s get started! Click "Yes," under "Ready to Join?" on this page and invite a #healthynurse you know to join with you. Are you ready?

Starts April 19!

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Date & Time
Monday April 19th, 2021
End Date & Time
Friday April 30th, 2021

How are you doing in the challenge?


I am writing in my gratefulness journal daily and taking time for prayer and meditation when I first wake up. It is replenishing to incorporate these mindfulness elements into a routine especially now that I have a break from classes as a doctoral nursing student. I am so grateful for Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation.

I have started a mindfulness exercise at the beginning of every PhD class I teach and that has been incredibly rewarding for myself, my students, and the guests that have lectured in my class.



ChristiM ChristiM Apr '21

@Joachim Voss It is so wonderful that you have integrated the practice into your class! I love that!

Practicing gratitude is important to me especially after this difficult year when there has been so much negative around us. Every evening at dinner, my husband, daughter and I express one gratitude before eating. Some days are harder than others, but we have learned that focusing on the positive and good opens our eyes to empathy and kindness.

This can be difficulty for so many to do. I try to end my shift with a positive. I make it a point to tell at least one person something that they did good that day. We have lived by the power of ONE this past year and if I can make at least one person smile, I am count that as a good day.  

Pella Pella Apr '21

Hanging in there. Really stressed out with work and just life in general but trying to be mindful that there’s a lot I cannot control. I can control how I react 😊

I am working on being more mindful and try to start my day with a meditation from the Headspace App.  I also like listening to the music on the headspace app.  It helps me stay focused.  If you have not taken advantage of the free Headspace subscription I would encourage you to do so.

Headspace is great! Also, Insight Timer has 1000's of free guided meditations, music, etc. 😄

ChristiM ChristiM Apr '21

Headspace is the best! 😃

Two books I’ve read recently that have helped prepare me for this challenge are Coffee Self-Talk and What to Say When You Talk to Yourself. Looking back, I’ve spent the majority of my life thinking negatively about myself and just having negative thoughts in general. I never realized how much power my negative thoughts had on my life. I’ve noticed such a big difference since I’ve changed my internal dialogue from, “Wonder what kind of headache is waiting for me today at work?” to “Today is going to be a wonderful day.” I changed my outlook from ‘what if’ and ‘I can’t’ to ‘I CAN’ and ‘I AM’. It’s not always easy but it’s definitely worth it. 

I’ll have to look those books up. My self compassion practice is all about relating to myself more gently and with more grace. I‘be noticed many nurses are their own worst critics. I’m so grateful for this platform to talk about such an important topic. 

I struggle with self care; I have to remind myself its a good thing.
Susan S. Susan S. Apr '21
I am my own worst critic and it is hard to quell my inner voice sometimes. I hope to take away from this challenge things I can do to give myself the self compassion I deserve.
For me, it is more than being more physically fit, but getting emotionally and spiritually fit. This year has been exceptionally hard and has challenged my value and belief system. I love the idea of self-compassion rather than self-care. Also, I believe that we, as nurses cannot do it truly takes a village; we need to support and lift each other up not just after this year, but every single day. Stay safe and be well.
LMTrn LMTrn Apr '21
The time is now for ME! I want FUN. F fitness U understanding N nutrition. Nursing is all about taking care of others. I’ve decided to become an “other”.
ChristiM ChristiM Apr '21

Yesssss!!! I like your kind of FUN!

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