The Importance Of Self-Care

As a nurse, I’ve often found myself juggling between working different shifts, sleeping, and catching up with my online work. It is definitely a hard struggle. Whoever thought that being in the medical field was a walk in the park was gravely mistaken. You don’t know what you are talking about, sir! Apart from the effort of constantly adjusting to different shifts every now and then, I’d have to make sure that I am mentally alert (forgetting how to properly do your procedures could cost someone their life) and always on the go for any type of emergency that could erupt in an 8 hour shift. Instead of taking care of ourselves, our everyday focus is on taking good care of our patients. ❤

Busy as we may all be, one thing we shouldn’t forget to do would be to take good care of ourselves. Why? Because how will we be able to care for others if we are unwell? Below are simple, easy ways you can practice self-care.

  1. Schedule a time for self-care. I believe this helps you get in the zone. It doesn’t have to be a whole hour. 5 to 15 minutes is okay as long as you concentrate on yourself. It can be 5 minutes right after you wake up or take a shower. The important thing is that you don’t allow yourself to be disturbed in the time you allotted for self-care.This means that you may have to disconnect from your phone. Make sure that nothing will distract you. Find a safe spot where you can be alone with your thoughts and meditate.

    There are some who say that on their scheduled days, they make sure to wake up 15 minutes before everyone else so they can be alone with themselves even just for a few minutes.

  2. Eat right. We are what we eat. By taking note of what we are eating, we are doing right by ourselves. Personally, I am guilty of failing this. Those fries just look so delicious. And those chips! It’s a conscious effort but the nutrients and vitamins that we can get from green leafy veggies are so going to be worth it.
  3. Drink a lot of water. I am proud to say that I drink around 3 to 4 liters of water per day. And even if I pee almost every hour, it’s worth it.
  4. Pamper yourself. There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a little love once in a while. Go out and change your hair or paint your nails. Have a spa day! You have been working so hard. A day where you can relax will be totally worth it.
  5. Take your vitamins. 
  6. Take good care of your skin. Our skin is our primary defense against infection, bacteria, and viruses. Plus, if we are stressed, it usually shows on our skin. Make sure to wash your face twice a day. Use SPF moisturizer.
  7. Get enough sleep. Humans can only survive without sleep for 11 days. Not getting enough sleep can actually kill you, and besides, why would you deprive yourself from sleeping? Sleeping is amazing. Make sure you get that 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
  8. Connect with people that you love. In our busy schedules, we tend to focus on the tasks at hand, wanting to get things done, that sometimes we disregard keeping or staying in touch with our friends and family since we always think that they will always be there. Let’s not forget that people are more important than anything. Family is constant. Family comes first. ❤
  9. Read a good book. 
  10. Declutter your space. Throw away unnecessary junk. Organize your closet. I don’t know about you, but looking at an arranged closet or table, makes me feel refreshed and productive. I’m not a naturally organized person though so it’s a conscious effort.
  11. Watch funny videos or spend some time on 9gag. These activities always sends me on a laughing fit.
  12. Exercise or stretch your muscles. Exercising releases happy hormones and stretching can somehow release the tension in your muscles. Even a 15 minute walk around the block will do you good.
  13. Play with an animal or your pet. There are some books which say that petting a dog can lower a person’s blood pressure. I’m not sure if this study has been proven but hey, more reasons to love dogs.
  14. Listen to your favorite feel good music. Turn the volume up (as long as the neighbor won’t complain!) You’ll soon find yourself feeling lighter and better.
  15. Remove yourself from toxic situations or people. There is nothing wrong with this so don’t ever let anyone guilt-trip you. If someone is not treating you right, drop them especially if you have warned them about their behavior. Don’t make yourself chronically feel bad just because you feel guilty about cutting off some people. If someone is being toxic, tell them and if they continue their behavior, set limitations.

There are so many ways that you can make yourself feel good without feeling guilty about it. Remember that YOU need a little love too. What did you do today to show yourself that you love yourself?

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