Self Care Checklist

As a nurse, it’s easy to get caught up in the demands of the job and forget to take care of yourself. However, self-care is essential to your overall health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

Here is a self-care checklist to help you stay on track:

Physical Self-Care:

  • Use proper body mechanics when lifting and moving patients.
  • Wear comfortable and supportive footwear.
  • Take breaks throughout your shift to rest and recharge.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day.
  • Pack healthy snacks and meals for your shifts.
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
  • Practice good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands regularly and taking showers after your shift.

Emotional Self-Care:

  • Take time to process difficult patient cases with colleagues or a therapist.
  • Set boundaries with patients and coworkers to prevent burnout.
  • Practice mindfulness techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.
  • Seek support from friends, family, or a support group.
  • Prioritize self-care activities outside of work, such as reading, taking a bath, or spending time with loved ones.
  • Consider taking a mental health day if you need a break from work.

Social Self-Care:

  • Connect with colleagues to build a support system at work.
  • Spend time with friends and family outside of work.
  • Join a social group or club to meet new people and pursue hobbies.
  • Volunteer in your community to give back and feel a sense of purpose.

Professional Self-Care:

  • Attend professional development workshops and conferences to stay current in your field.
  • Take breaks from social media or news that may cause stress or anxiety.
  • Advocate for yourself and your patients to ensure proper care is being provided.
  • Seek out a mentor to guide you in your career.

Remember, taking care of yourself is essential to providing quality care to your patients. By incorporating these nurse-specific self-care tips into your routine, you’ll be able to stay healthy, happy, and energized on and off the job.