Mental Well-Being Challenge 72
Mental Well-Being Challenge
How’s your mental well-being? Feeling burned out, angry, frustrated, stressed, anxious, depressed, or hopeless?  Wait, that’s too personal you say?  No, it’s not.

The nursing profession is in crisis, the likes of which, we have never seen before.  Nurse staffing shortages, a world-wide pandemic, low morale, public violence, inequality, discrimination.  It’s a lot.

So for this new year, let’s put your mental well-being front and center.  Organizations with a stake in the nursing profession, especially employers, need to fix system issues that are at the root cause of burnout and support nurse mental health.  In part, that’s why Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) added the 6th domain of “mental health” in addition to physical activity, rest, nutrition, quality of life, and safety in 2021. 

The national nursing staffing crisis is one of the largest deterrents to nurse well-being.  The American Nurses Association and other organizations continue to call on the Biden Administration and the private sector to take concrete action to address this crisis.

HNHN is here to help. This challenge is personal-it’s all about your mental well-being:  how to assess where you are, what you may need for your well-being, and where that help can be found.

During this 10 day challenge, we’ll provide a simple task or resource to help you continue to manage your stress and mental well-being challenges. Get a sneak peek at our tips here.

The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation would like to pause and say a hearty thank you to all nurses. This world is a better place due to all of your care and hard work.

If you have thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 800-273-TALK. When you are in crisis there is help available. You are not alone. Make the call.

Starts August 8, 2022.

Join us by clicking "Yes," under "Ready to Join?" and invite a #healthynurse you know or share the challenge on your social media by clicking the links on this page. Are you ready?



Date & Time
Monday August 8th, 2022
End Date & Time
Friday August 19th, 2022
Category Mental Health

How are you doing in the challenge?


I can manage the gratitude practice but totally struggled through a week or two of trying morning pages. I will give the journaling another try and I did like the idea of maybe starting with a prompt of a question to ask myself and reflect and write my thoughts and feeling around it.  

I think one of my main barriers is that I did use journaling in a previously painful and challenging time.  Although it was ultimately helpful, it was emotional and anything but easy and I associate the process with that particular time and journey.

So I'm going to tip my toe back into the water and just test it out with some light exploratory questions about my goals and hopes for this year and perhaps move on to what may be holding me back for diving fully into them. 

AmandaK AmandaK Feb '22

Things are going well here.  With the recent surge it has gotten crazy at home, our 11 year old tested positive and had to stay home from school for ten days.  She went back to school Monday just to come home from school with lower abdominal pain and pressure and tested positive for a UTI.  We got her all taken care of but with her sick and me not being able to attend pilates classes it was hard I just wanted to sleep even more and I did not get much self-care time. 

Hope both your daughter and you start to feel healthier and recover soon. 🙏

ChristiM ChristiM Feb '22

@AmandaK I hope your daughter feels better soon! And I hope you get extra YOU time sometime this week, you deserve it!

Kimmysue Kimmysue Feb '22

Going well so far! We are had an assignment in my current college course to make a Self-Care Plan and join! I am so glad I did. I needed a re-set and now I have a game plan. Just making the smallest commitments each day have already been helpful and are leading to more positive feelings and choices. Hope everyone is having a great week!

@Kimmysue so glad those small changes are already bringing a more positive shift for you. Keep up that self-care. 

With COVID travel restrictions my annual vacation back to see my family in the UK has been postponed now three times and our usual summer/fall or Christmas holiday breaks with friends also got rescheduled so I can definitely relate to feeling in need of that ultimate break.

What we ended up trying to do, was to re-explore the unexpected enjoyment of the “day-trip”.  Usually at the weekend, we would pick a place …sometimes for the ultimate destination where we would spend the whole day, or sometimes for the winding leisurely journey  with multiple stops along the way and back.  We've explored new areas walking around the architecture, museums and busier streets of nearby cities - sometimes finding surprising restaurants and small businesses. We've also explored quaint little country villages, or hiked/cycled around state parks, along coastal walks, and up & down mountain trails.  

We normally get home filled with some good local home cooked food, and pleasantly tired but refreshed from a day outside the house.  It's not quite the same as a longer trip away but it's helped us learn about our area of the US more and definitely been a boost to us psychologically to decompress for a day. 

Dear Sheena, I hope you get to go “home” soon.  I know you are missing your family.

ChristiM ChristiM Feb '22

I'm glad to hear you still got to get out and find some fun!!

ChristiM ChristiM Jan '22

Great resource list from day 5! I use Headspace a lot when I needed a boost or help. I really like the sleepscapes and stories to help me ease my mind before sleep 

Christi: So glad you mentioned sleep. Sleep is often the area of wellbeing that get's left behind. When time is short and pressures are great - just getting everything done by the end of the day with time to hopefully grab something to eat and fall into bed exhausted may be the more likely pattern. Taking even 15 mins to deep breath, listen to sleep meditation or soundscapes, take a quick shower, stretch, yoga - anything to try to clear the chaos from the mind and relax the body can make a huge difference to the quality and healing ability of sleep and help hugely in our ability to approach the next day more effectively from a physical and psychological standpoint. I know there are great resources in the sleep section of the HNHN site. 

This last year has been really rough with COVID and PTSD related to adverse childhood experiences. I was trying to manage it all on my own and it became too much as COVID worsened, we were short-staffed in the clinic, and finally the death of my step-father/abuser. When it started affecting my performance at work, I finally decided to seek out help. I am starting to feel like there is a light at the end of this very dark tunnel.😔

Thanks for sharing Jennifer. Seeking help is a proactive choice that you can make to move yourself forward - that's so important as many feel that is somehow a failure to cope or an inability to handle things themselves. Supportive help can help you explore and dive deeper into what you are dealing with and that sharing and pulling things out is sometimes far from easy and can be very painful or challenging but it can also help reshape your perspective. So glad to hear that you feel you can now see that light in your future. 

Thank you Jennifer for sharing your experience. PTSD from childhood  is real and affects our lives forever. I started seeing a psychotherapist two years ago. She is excellent. Best thing I ever did. Then I started seeing an expert in Brain Gym. Taking care of my mental health was something I never did until recently. I am better for it. Chatting like this is very helpful as well. It shows we are not alone. 

AnneMB AnneMB Jan '22

Great timely.  After the holiday, winter!   Just when I need a little extra support.   😍

This challenge is very timely for me. Sin e the first wave it’s variable experiences, I have struggled with my Mental health. there are good And bad days! Somehow I can get over it; but the past two weeks have been triggered by so many events and I find myself needing some help. I don’t wish to be “deep down & out”, I still work, but with everything at work, this feeling is not getting better.

my goal for this challenge is to get help, resources, & feel safe in a “no judgement” zone. Also, I want to learn from others! 

Hope you do feel the caring and support from the group. None of us are living your life but many, like myself, can empathize with those good days and bad days. Would hope your ability and courage to seek support will be celebrated and not judged in any way. As nurses, we wouldn't hesitate to reach out to help and support others, we should have the same compassion for each other when we are the ones that feel we need that a helping hand or listening ear. Wishing you well. 

I empathize with you. It has been challenging and I,too, have been struggling and look forward to grace from peers through a “no judgement zone”

Pamelia22 Pamelia22 Jan '22

Woke up in a great mood. Listened to a daily devotional 

JackieE JackieE Jan '22

I have started taking yoga classes this month.  It is important to take time for self-care.  This is a challenge for many nurses.  I really appreciate this.

Self care is so hard 

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