Nurses Month Wellness Tips from Nikeyia Davis, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-C, CNN
Staying Healthy in 2021!
Nikeyia Davis, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-C, CNN
Home Dialysis Therapies Nurse, Greenfield Health System
Supporting and championing our healthcare staff for the majority of 2020 was very essential as we fought and continue to fight through the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us do not feel like “heroes,” but as workers who are dedicated to the care of our patients. Let 2021, be the year when you dedicate to yourself as well. There is an age old saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Be it physical or mental self-love, we have to care for ourselves in order to care for others. Here are some self-care tips adapted from the American Nurses Association’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation blog spot. These tips can used to improve our physical and mental wellbeing throughout the year.
Meditate or listen to your favorite music prior to sleep. The last things you listen to will embed in the brain. You need sleep to repair your immune system and nervous system. Do not listen to the news just before bed.
- Start each day with reflections of gratitude.
- Focus on things you can control, not those you can’t.
- Exercise; even a short brisk 10 minute walk can help.
- Hydrate adequately with eight 8 oz glasses of water a day.
- Eat light and often; at least 5 fruits and vegetables per day.
- Spend some time outdoors safely while noting normalcy.
- Connect with family and friends while maintaining physical distancing. It is especially refreshing if you can see their faces via an electronic device.
- Hobby, craft, bake, write letters, journal, scrapbook.
- Stay informed, but limit your time with COVID-19 news and updates.
- Pray, meditate, and practice mindfulness (be here now!)
- Take time for yourself, doing something you really enjoy, every day. Read a magazine/book, watch sports program, power nap, skype your baby nephew-you decide!
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is also committed to assisting frontline workers with emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can decompress with others who understand what you’re dealing with. Register for a virtual support group specifically for healthcare workers, first responders and other frontline workers, hosted by their Stay Well counseling team. Sign up for one or more sessions at https://bit.ly/39nsu1z. You’ll get a confirmation email with information to join the meeting.