A Few More Quick Self Care Ideas for Busy Travel Nurses
November 20 / Posted by
Disclaimer: the following is not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you have concerns about mental health, speak with a medical professional.
You take such amazing care of everyone else, you deserve the same sort of love and attention to your own needs! But we get it- it’s hard to feel like you have enough time for everything you need to get done, let alone taking time out of your day for yourself. And you hardly need another thing to feel guilty about not doing. But self care doesn’t need to be anything complicated- you can fit in a bit of self care in just 15 minutes or less. We’ve brought you a few ideas in the past, but we’ve got a few more fun ideas to help you incorporate a little self care into your everyday life.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
It’s the season of giving thanks, and a great reminder that a grateful outlook can change the way you see the world. A great way to practice daily gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal- or a journal where you express thanks for things in your life that you’re grateful for. You can do this in whatever way suits you, whether it’s writing entries explaining the significance of the things you’re grateful for or simply keeping one long list. Every time you make an entry, you’ll enjoy recounting how rich your life is with wonderful places, things, and people. And when you’re feeling down, reading through your journal is a great reminder of all of those things.
Dwelling on the future or the past and forgetting to live in the moment can be exhausting. Taking a few minutes to meditate or otherwise practice mindfulness is a great way to pull yourself out of the haze that can sometimes permeate our lives and retrain your brain to focus. The easiest and most common way to practice this is to sit comfortably and try to focus on just your breathing. Every time your brain wanders, refocus on your breathing. Don’t get discouraged if you have to keep refocusing, that’s normal.
If you don’t prefer this method, there are plenty of resources that can teach you different kinds of meditation and mindfulness practices. The trick is finding the one that works for you!
Go a Different Way to Get to Work
Change up your scenery a little bit on your morning commute by picking a different way to get there. Skip this option if changes like this stress you out, and make sure to give yourself a little extra time in the morning to ensure you won’t be stressed about making it, or surprised by unexpected traffic or detours. Switching up your routine can be a refreshing way to explore your new city a bit before work and start your day with some new sights.
Create a New Habit
Starting a small new habit can help you feel more confident and accomplished in your personal life, which can spread throughout your whole day. It doesn’t need to be anything intense, it can be something as simple as setting a consistent bedtime or stretching at the same time every day.
What do you do to take care of your mind and body in the midst of a busy lifestyle? Leave your own suggestions in the comments below.