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When your profession requires you to care for others, caring for yourself can take a backseat. Nursing is rigorous, but rewarding—and prioritizing your own health helps you manage the demands of your job, while not losing your passion. By replenishing a self-care deficit, you can prevent fatigue, burnout, errors at work and other negative effects on your well-being.
Here are tips and ideas to keep you personally centered and professionally motivated, so you can serve others to the best of your abilities. Self-care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity!
Another day is another opportunity to develop healthy habits that promote wellness in your life and restore balance at work, home and everywhere in between. Has your health slipped away from you? Make the commitment to give yourself that deserved self-care reboot right now. It’s better to be proactive and practice self-care regularly, than to hit rock bottom and get lost in the chaos before making a change becomes critical.
Working long hours, being on your feet all day and not taking time for yourself can eventually lead to burnout. Reminder! These tips can help you manage stress:
• Get eight hours of sleep
• Rest and care for your mental health (yoga, meditation, journaling etc.)
• Get moving and exercise
• Avoid overcommitting – it’s OK to say no
• Ask for help from your support system
• Dedicate time to doing the things you enjoy
Part of avoiding burnout is doing what YOU want guilt-free, and making personal pleasure a priority. If you don’t put yourself first sometimes, you won’t be able to perform well in all of your roles, from work to your personal life.
Rediscover Your Why
Taking time for personal enjoyment may lead you to set a new goal for a better future or different career path. Career advancement or a career shift in health care can renew your passion for helping others. Deepening your knowledge within a specialty, learning new skills and gaining a new perspective has the power to refresh your professional life, so you can remember your first “why” for becoming a health care professional.
Explore an Exciting New Path
Take classes online to revitalize your career outlook and elevate your abilities to the next level. Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers exciting degree programs in a flexible online setting that caters to full-time busy working professionals. Whether you choose the RN to BSN, MSN or DNP program, the format and courses are tailored for you to complete the program around your schedule. Online resources are also available; get all the support you need to achieve your goals while staying happy and healthy. Visit gcu.edu/edcor today to learn more and see what new opportunities lie ahead for you!
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at gcu.edu/disclosures. Please note, not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment. Grand Canyon University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission 800-621-7440; http://hlcommission.org/. The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation) . GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is also approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Important policy information is available in the University Policy Handbook at https://www.gcu.edu/academics/academic-policies.php. GCU, while reserving its lawful rights in light of its Christian mission, is committed to maintaining an academic environment that is free from unlawful discrimination. Further detail on GCU’s Non-Discrimination policies can be found at gcu.edu/titleIX The information printed in this material is accurate as of MAY 2018. For the most up-to-date information about admission requirements, tuition, scholarships and more, visit gcu.edu ©2018 Grand Canyon University
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