1) Work to rule, stop all those unpaid hours. Anything that is left to do can be handed over, and if things get constantly left, then that is a MANAGEMENT issue to sort out and get more staff. You as an individual cannot do everything.
2) When you do leave the ward, leave work AT work forget the hospital exists. Live your life. Enjoy it. I love my career, but I love my personal life and health more. Work/life balance is essential.
3) EXERCISE!!!! I cannot stress this enough. Go to the gym, go for a run or for a swim, punch the hell out of a punchbag. Whatever it is you like doing, get some exercise, it is the best stress beater out there and has the added benefits of making you fit and healthy, keeping your body in the shape you want it to be in.
Don't get me wrong anon, I know there are difficulties involved, but it is far from impossible, there are simply no room for the usual excuses, that's all. I do these things now, I stay fit regularly and have forced my work to fit around a good life balance, etc. If I can do it, others can too. And once you start doing it, it becomes routine, and much easier over time.
good, simple and basic common sense but even when we know the best way to do things that are good for us or would make our life easier and thus more healthy and pleasant, why are we often so reluctant?
I think the problem may be that our complex brains are not programmed like robots and can just follow simple directions and do what we know is right. we are also sentient human beings whose thoughts and feelings can get in the way by leading us to analyse everything and weighing up the ought to do and the good reason against doing it. we analyse how we feel and what we want to do which could be sweet nothing? we know this can be dangerous as it can lead to the habit of wanting to do nothing, then self indulgence, inertia and even or eventually depression and all its consequences - a vicious circle.
the alternative is self discipline and motivation but who thinks they need this after a hard day's work? it is easy to talk oneself into reasons for not wanting to follow sensible advice and doing what is best or postponing physical activity off until another day so that we can sit and ruminate on the happenings of our last shift - perpetuating another vicious circle.
If one is not careful life passes by while we are still sitting contemplating it or rushing around chasing our tails without progressing in a purposeful direction where we become less useful at work and of even less use to ourselves!
why cant we have organised national activities for nurses like they have in other professions ie the police, firefighters.I have spoken to a number of these people who go off on corporate team challenges, they even have their own athletic , triathlon etc championships which are regional then national and in some cases international . I am not aware of such a set up in the heatlth service. Am i the first nurse to win an ultra marathon? Does such a data base exist for activites within the health services. I believe that if the structure was in place the participants would turn up.
Absolutely agree anon 26-Sep-2011 2:15 am!!! I would love something like this!!! Military Nurses have the best of both worlds on that score, so it will not be difficult to set up for civvy street either! I would even settle for a large on site free gym for staff in each and every hospital and healthy food available at ALL times for ALL shifts! The NHS is a joke. We are supposed to promote health to our patients, yet our own profession wont provide us with the ways and means to look after ourselves!!
Anonymous, PLAY as in doing recreational activities. I work hard and I also take care of my well-being by spending time with family and friends, enjoying my hobbies, doing something fun and working out.
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