The Struggle of Self Care

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It's counter-intuitive, this notion of  professional caregivers struggling to prioritize self care. But it is a theme that comes up on and off the job for many nurses.   The struggle of self care was a prevalent theme at this week's nursing salon.

I'll be sharing a couple of professional articles on this matter in coming days. But today, I share the gift of the featured image on this blogpost, offered to me by one of the participants at this week's nursing salon.   I've read the prose on the image on three separate days now.   Each time I read the passage, I get something different out of it.  More importantly, each time I've read the passage, I've found a moment to make self care a priority.

Do  you have a self-care practice to underpin your nursing practice?  What does it look like on the job?   What does your self care look like before going into a long stretch of work? How about on the day after a long work weekend?

Do enjoy the image kindly shared by a nurse who I consistently look up to for her ability to model self-care practices.  And please do share your best practices in the comments below if you are so inspired!   More importantly, make a moment to prioritize your own self-care today.

2 thoughts on “The Struggle of Self Care

  1. Love the message to give myself permission to put my healing first. For me this starts by being honest with myself. I allow the "shoulds" to be and move in the direction of self-love.

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