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Ali Pip
One of my biggest struggles since being in nursing school is taking time for myself. I struggle with balancing friendships, family, and school. Making time for myself has been my biggest priority recently. I try to read books, do face ...
Ali Pip Mar '24
ChristiM ChristiM Mar '24

@Ali Pip I have found that picking at least two specific times a week that are just for me was a great start. Once it was ...

Rebecca Rebmann
Reading my book on encouragement! As a nursing student, I often find it hard to take time to rest throughout my day. I thought that resting could only be something like taking a long nap, but after reflecting on what I find rejuvenating, I ...
Rebecca Rebmann Mar '24
ChristiM ChristiM Mar '24

@Rebecca Rebmann It is wonderful that you've found an activity that relaxes you! Enjoy!

As a night shift nurse now for four years I can often find getting a full night's rest difficult without taking melatonin or diphenhydramine.  For instance, I worked two nights ago and slept seven hours afterwards during the day waking ...
Djinnzin Nov '23

@Djinnzin I also had these issues on the night shift, unfortunately, I don't know that there is a good fix for your ...

ChristiM ChristiM Nov '23

@Djinnzin You may also want to ask others in night shift what they do for other suggestions or techniques to try. But ...

Destiny L.
My latest mission has been investing time into things that bring me peace. Nursing school has been challenging and time consuming, so over the summer I wanted to reinvest back into myself as a way to recharge. I have recently done many ...
Destiny L. Oct '23
ChristiM ChristiM Oct '23

@Destiny L.
Great job taking care of you! Keep filling your cup!

Rachel Tiger
Balancing self-care with the demands of nursing school can be quite challenging. However, as aspiring nurses, it is important to understand that we cannot take care of others without taking care of ourselves first! In this picture, ...
Rachel Tiger Oct '23
ChristiM ChristiM Oct '23

@Rachel Tiger Great job! Keep taking care of you, all of you!

Life itself can become crazy in an instant. Add nursing school to that and it seems to become overwhelming quickly. Throughout my time in nursing school I have had to learn to take time for myself and rest. The hardest part of this has been ...
abbyv Oct '23
ChristiM ChristiM Oct '23

@abbyv Good on you! Keeping this in the forefront of your mind will be so beneficial to you and your pup!!

It can be hard during nursing school to remember it is important for us to make time for the things that make us happy, not just time for school. My professional comittment is to read one chapter of my current book each day in order to make ...
ChristiM ChristiM Oct '23

@KatherineStroman That's fantastic!! Can I ask what you're reading?

Nursing school can be crazy and time-consuming and sometimes we feel like we have no time left to do the things we want to do or that we find restful. Throughout my time in nursing school, I've tried to make sure I take some time each week to ...
rkweir02 Oct '23
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I am committing to spend time each week doing one or more of the activities that I find joyful to better my mental ...

ChristiM ChristiM Oct '23

@rkweir02 it's crazy how hard it can be to take the time for yourself, but once you get into the swing of it, it really ...

Rian R.
From the start of my journey in nursing school to my last semester, I constantly made it a goal to put in 100% in everything I do whether it was school work or clinicals. I spent any free time trying to study more rather than taking a break. ...
Rian R. Oct '23
ChristiM ChristiM Oct '23

@Rian R. Its so great that you are taking advantage of the resources made available to you!! Especially since ...

Allie Gaston
I’m in my last semester of nursing school and I have struggled with resting throughout every semester. Although it is difficult, I’ve taught myself to feel guilty for resting and relaxing. Resting doesn’t mean that you’re quitting or ...
Allie Gaston Sep '23
ChristiM ChristiM Sep '23

@Allie Gaston Good for you! It is so important to make time for yourself that helps you to feel restored, whole and ...

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Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Blog - Nurses, Get Better Sleep And Improve Your Heart Health 4307

Sleep may feel like a reward, especially after working a 12-hour shift. But it’s more than just a luxury. Sleep plays a critical role in how your body repairs itself and functions. Not getting enough can be detrimental to your health — particularly your heart health.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Rest 01/20/2023
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Blog - Trailing Thoughts? Expert Advice On How To Worry Less And Sleep More 4137

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” – Wendy Mass Not only are our “battles” challenging while we’re awake, but they can also disrupt our sleep. Americans continue to lose precious sleep due to daily struggles. The daily struggles of nurses across the country are compounded even further with the pandemic. They ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Rest 03/16/2022
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Blog - Your Diet Could Be Affecting Your Sleep 3167

By Ms. Amy Highland Your body needs sleep to regulate emotions , fight off infection , and heal from daily use and stress. If you're struggling to get a full seven to nine hours of sleep, what you eat and when you eat it could be part of the problem. The right food choices (and meal timing) help fuel your body with the nutrients needed for better (and more) ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Rest 03/05/2019
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Blog - Thriving During The Night Shift 1970

Nurses who work overnight face unique issues. In fact, The National Sleep Foundation reports that overnight shift workers are more likely to suffer from heart disease, weight issues, and may even have more common colds than daytime workers. These issues may stem from a lack of the overall amount of sleep, not being able to spend quality time with ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Rest 08/27/2018
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Blog - The Importance Of Taking Vacation 150

                                      Nursing is a rewarding profession, but the empathy we feel for our patients and the care we put into our jobs can take its toll. That’s why it’s important to make sure we care for ourselves and take adequate breaks . Another way to ensure we are getting the rest and renewal we need is to make an annual or twice-yearly vacation a priority. ...

Added by Aieda Solomon Blog Rest 07/10/2017