Leaving Work at Work – Tips for Nurses

If you are a nurse, then you know how fulfilling this career can be. You get to offer encouragement to those in need of emotional support, and you get to help bring the sick back to health. But there is also a down side to being a nurse. Not all of your patients are happy to see you . . . and not all of your sick patients get better. Sometimes you must give and give of yourself, when it seems there is no one to give back to you. How do you provide so much support to others and still get the support you need to keep going? Here are some tips for nurses when it comes to leaving work at work.

Your health. There is nothing worse for work-related stress than not taking care of your health when you are not at work. Believe it or not, what you eat and how you sleep can seriously affect how you handle stress on the job. Therefore, you should always make sure that you eat right and get enough sleep when you are away from work.

Methods for de-stressing. There are a number of ways you can de-stress during your time off. Make it a point to identify what’s most affective for you, and stick to it Some common practices that are proven especially effective for de-stressing include yoga, meditation, massage, baths, and nature walks. Don’t let your busy life get in the way of your health and wellbeing – use online fax services and other tools to get your work done faster so you have more time to relax. Fit these activities into your routine in order combat the effects of stress.

Socializing. One of the best ways to leave work at work is to distract yourself from thoughts of work – and one of the best ways to distract yourself is to surround yourself with people. Join a club on Meetup.com, go out dancing, or invite some friends over for game night once a week. Whatever you do, it’s important that you differentiate your work life from your private life, and the most effective differentiation factor is “fun”

Getting too personal. One of the dangers of being a nurse is becoming too close to a patient. When you are too personal with a patient – and therefore to emotionally involved in that patient’s well-being – then it can be devastating every time that patient takes a turn for the worse. Of course, it is a good thing that you care about your patients, but you should keep your personal life separate from your work like, and that means being a nurse, first and foremost – not a best friend.

As a nurse, your emotional well-being is sometimes very vulnerable to circumstances outside of your control. The best way you can handle this stress is to take these steps to protect yourself, and to leave your work at work, where it belongs.

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