When your work is about caring for others it’s vital that you take the time to look after your own personal wellbeing. The last two years has seen nurses work through some of the toughest times in healthcare due to the pandemic. Managing your own personal wellbeing should be a priority but it can be challenging.
Finding a good work-life balance can help you perform at your best, but to achieve this you need robust workplace support. A healthy workplace is one that provides you with information and resources to support lifestyle choices that help you maintain good health and wellbeing.
Now more than ever nurses are likely to feel overworked and, in some cases undervalued or poorly supported to achieve what is expected of them. This can impact their sense of wellbeing. Working with a depleted staff – and thus feeling a lack of support – may lead some to feel that the quality of care that they can give is compromised.
Regularly feeling the need to sacrifice breaks or feeling that you are singlehandedly doing the work of two nurses, can be tremendously challenging – and may potentially place nurses at risk of exhaustion and making mistakes.
Over the last two years, many people have experienced a disruption in their daily routines, this is particularly the case for nurses with many feeling that work has started to take over too much. Setting healthy boundaries is therefore essential in achieving the right work-life balance. Watch out for:
Here are some ways to help you strike the right balance between work and leisure:
Switching off from work is crucial to maintaining your wellbeing. There are different ways to do this to ensure that you are leaving the stress behind and not bringing it home:
So to look after your own personal wellbeing as a nurse, the best approach is to remain mindful of what factors can undermine your wellbeing at work and watch out for signs.
Also be aware of what resources are available for you to tap into when you need them and speak up to your manager when you require extra support.
Check our selection of free mental health and wellbeing courses available from My Learning by clicking here.
Mark is Hays Healthcare’s Clinical Lead with over 30 years nursing experience. Mark has successfully managed both general and mental health services at senior directorate level in both acute NHS and private sector settings. Mark provides ongoing clinical and professional advice to Hays Healthcare on all aspects of clinical governance and oversees the recruitment, placement, support and development of locum staff from a clinical perspective.
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