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Recent Discussions in Rest

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

Cassidy Tatrow
It is very well known how tough nursing school and just life in general can be. For me, I believe that is extremely important to always make time for yourself and do what makes you the happiest. Something that I do to maintain my self care is ...
Cassidy Tatrow Mar '23
ChristiM ChristiM Mar '23

@Cassidy Tatrow It's awesome that you already know what works for you and that you're keeping up with it! Also your ...

Cyan A.
  After a long day at clinicals, work ,studying or just life in general. I take at least 30 minutes outside with my dogs or just by myself to relax.  I also like to go outside and take walks or hike with my sister!I really love being outside ...
Cyan A. Mar '23
ChristiM ChristiM Mar '23

@Cyan A. Outdoor time is the best!! I hope you get lots of great weather!

Often times, especially in nursing school, we feel like there’s const something that is needing to be done. Over the last few years, i’ve had to learn that it’s okay not to get everything done as soon as possible. It is okay to take time out ...
KaylaTurner Mar '23
ChristiM ChristiM Mar '23

@KaylaTurner Good for you! That's a hard realization to come to and you will be so much happier!

amen to that🙌🏻

Reading Dante's Inferno while snuggled up with all my stuffed animals in bed.  For a long time I was not sure how to “rest” I figured that sleeping was all there was to it. However, I later learned that resting means to quiet the mind and not ...
Sarah234 Mar '23
ChristiM ChristiM Mar '23

@Sarah234 This is wonderful Sarah!! I love all your activities! And a great stuffed animal really can help relax ...

  I decided to take more time to rest during the day and snuggle up with my pup. With such a busy schedule sometimes I forget to take a minute to rest and spend a little extra time with my favorite boy!
lfleming24 Mar '23
ChristiM ChristiM Mar '23

@lfleming24 Enjoy your time with your pup!!

Self care for me looks like hanging out with my best friends and putting on face masks! I love being able to be myself And at this he same time get some skin care in. I want to always be able to find time for my friends and myself, it’s the ...
Cgozdalski Mar '23
ChristiM ChristiM Mar '23

I love this combination! I'll be honest, I haven't done face masks with friends in forever! But during ...

Shelby Van Bruaene
“Rest” has never been one of my fortes. I enjoy being busy and having a very full schedule, with little time to be still. I am committing to at least 30 mins of stillness each day. I will do things with my hands such as crochet, sew, or read and ...
ChristiM ChristiM Mar '23

@Shelby Van Bruaene
I love this! I too have trouble sitting still, so the idea of a “still activity” sounds more ...

About 6 months ago, I made a commitment to sleep more and to sleep better. Some things I tried did not work but some things did. Here's what has helped me achieve my goal of 5 sleep cycles each 24-hour period: -Similar bedtime each night ...
MelPel Dec '22
ChristiM ChristiM Dec '22

@MelPel I love these tips, thank you for sharing with us!!

MariaM55 MariaM55 Feb '23

@MelPel Thanks for sharing, these are great tips!

@MelPel I really like these tips thanks for sharing!

What are some suggestions for “turning the mind" off to fall asleep?  It's so frustrating to lay there awake when you know you need more rest. 
NCarey Nov '22
ChristiM ChristiM Nov '22

@NCarey Hi! For me, I think about either doing something I enjoy (I like decorating so I think about how I could ...

@NCarey I often imagine myself in a place where I know I'd get good sleep like a soft warm bed in a snowy cabin in the ...

Hi @NCarey Have you tried Headspace ? There are some great rest meditations and sound/sleepscapes that can help ...

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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