Practice Tip of the Week: Restorative Self-Care
Friday, April 28, 2017
Posted by: Nadia Tamez-Robledo
By Ellen Martin, PhD, RN, CPHQ
Director of Practice
Texas Nurses Association
National Nurses Week is a time to celebrate nursing. The ANA theme for this year is “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Finding this balance is vital for restorative self-care. Psychologist Christine Meinecke defines self-care as:
“choosing behaviors that balance the effects of emotional and physical stressors: exercising, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, practicing yoga, meditation or relaxation techniques, abstaining from substance abuse, pursuing creative outlets, engaging in psychotherapy.“
Some nurses pursue creative outlets such as creative or reflective writing, music, or other artistic pursuits to nourish the soul. Other nurses enjoy nature and spiritual connection. The important thing is for each nurse to find what resonates with him or her and plan for self-renewal. Nurses can go a step further and encourage each other to do the same.
Celebration is an essential and often under-utilized element of self care that recognizes gratitude for the progress made towards goals. Several districts are having banquets and other nurse week events around the state. Of course recognizing each other doesn’t have to wait until Nurses Week!
TNA member Joyce A. Batcheller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN is the featured speaker for the ANA 2017 National Nurses Week (NNW) webinar, A Nurse’s Guide to Preventing Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, and Burnout. This program will cover the latest research and strategies to infuse meaning, joy, and restoration into nursing practice and life. Please share this educational opportunity widely - it is open to members and non-members alike.
Restorative self-care dovetails with the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge. Each month will focus on a different area of health including work-life balance, happiness, and moral resilience. Check out the calendar and sign up for updates on the HNHN website today.
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