What’s Your Self-Care Splurge?

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I recently caught up with a nurse friend I hadn't seen for awhile. She is busy. I mean seriously busy. Here's her stats -3 kids under 6 years old, splits her week between the ED and home health, helps coach t-ball and in the middle of all that she is getting her BSN. B-U-S-Y...

Our catch up conversation drifted between kids, work and school updates. In the middle of our chat I blurted out that I didn't know how she did it. She talked about routine, help from her family and having a bright red circle around a date in the summer for a week long vacation to the beach.

And then I asked an important question. One that nurses need to ask one another more frequently. What are you doing for yourself? How are you taking care of you? What is your self-care?

We've all seen the stats. The studies that show nursing is one of the most stressful professions. We give our all at work. We give our all at home. But what is left for us?

Self-care is essential to succeeding in nursing and my busy friend who juggles kids, school and work said her "me" time is a mani-pedi every 2 weeks. She sips her chai latte and reads the latest gossip magazine and has an hour of pampering all to herself.

So what is your self-care splurge?  A nurse friend said he's a part of a Wednesday night dodgeball team while another swears by hot yoga. Share your self-care splurge below and if you don't have one, chat with your nurse friends and find a way to get some "me-time" into your busy schedule.

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Jacky

On my days off I love to take my German Shepherd Bear out for nice long walks in nature away from everything and everyone. I take a two week vacation every year. I love to mow my lawn and I also get my hair cut and colored every two months. I love my job though. I know I make a difference in people’s lives and that is very rewarding. Been a nurse for nearly 38yrs.

Jen the RN

ER nurse here. I work at least 50 hours a week, sometimes more. Between meetings, education, and working towards my BSN (plus the fact that I’m a freakin’ nurse,) and helping to care for my family (including my parents, who have some tough medical problems,) things can get hectic. I get in a massage of some kind at least once a month. Every few months, I get a deluxe pedicure. Every two weeks, I get lash extensions. Other than that, I walk to the dog multiple times a day (for her health as well as mine,) read for pleasure every… Read more »

Alice Dexter

I have been a nurse since 1957..do The math.!! (and a CRNA back in my the 60s in Orlando, Fl.). My nursing jobs have been varied .. some more stressful than others but most creative for the last 20 yrs.. I’ve owned a care -management co . & it has been the most challenging in my long career in medicine. I do all the same things I’ve Just read from other nurses but I guess I would add the silent down time doing nothing.. like sitting on my porch looking out @ the trees & enjoying my sweet, demure kitty.… Read more »

Andrea Senchy

I get an hour and a half massage every two weeks. Best of all—she comes to my house so after it’s over and she leaves I can continue to relax!

Carol

My me splurge is doing a 45 minute class of barre exercise to start my day, then later in the day sit for 30 minutes and knit or crochet. I walk my dog in the evening for quiet time and stress relief.

Mary

Go out on our motorcycle with friends every Sunday. Get a pedi every couple months as well as hair done.

Mimi

Daily tea time and reading uninterrupted (fiction only!) for about 30 minutes. Weekly yoga. Hair and nails every 2 weeks. Every 3 months or so a new dress or bag (not too expensive). Yearly silent retreat in the mountains – all by myself.

Dottie

Tuesday date night with the hubby, usually a movie, or dinner!!

Denise Rosato

Started art classes,mostly watercolors,once wk for 3 hrs. Request thurs. Off,that’s the hard part

Emmigene Martinez

I love to read and craft. Two or three times I cook a special meal for my family. I now try to spend evenings with my husband outside watching our furry babies. I pray a lot. But most of all I reflect on why I choose nursing and in my heart I know I am fulfilled. Nursing now for 28 yrs

Celina Giron

I volunteer with healthy preschoolers at my children’s school. Reminds me that not all children have chronic disease. I dance in a Danza Azteca group to keep close to my cultural heritage and find peace from within. It’s great exercise too. And I do my nails at least once a month. I look at my hands often when I’m working and I feel proud of what I have achieved. It wouldn’t feel the same if my nails were chipped and broken. I think of self care as a necessity to keep me sane and coming back to give some more.

Anne

I raise chickens and ducks, I also garden and read. Most importantly, I have a riding lesson (horses) almost weekly. THAT alone maintains my sanity!

Elaine

Nike running shoes with 5k runs on days off and at least two big vacations a year.

Drea

Lash extensions roughly every 3 weeks and since it takes about 90 minutes, I catnap. Sooo spa relaxing.

Dawn

I blast my ear drums to heavy metal/ hardcore in the car on the commute home ( will need new speakers soon)… I walk my dog for 20 minutes when I get home. Once a week I get a Breve with an extra shot with a friend or family member. I try to travel every 3 months, anywhere! I think it’s important to do many things, a bit something everyday to decompress / a special something every week to re-center/ and an amazing escape every few months to get away!

Bryan Krumm, CNP

I also take time to write, including this award winning article “2017 nurse practitioner author of the year” from The Nurse Practitioner Journal. https://journals.lww.com/tnpj/Fulltext/2016/01000/Cannabis_for_posttraumatic_stress_disorder__A.6.aspx

Bryan Krumm, CNP

I sue the DEA and Jeff Sessions so Medical Cannabis can be regulated by the States instead if by federal law enforcement. http://www.harmonypsych.org/2018/02/16/my-argument-for-legalization-of-medical-cannabis/

Raquel

I find a quiet spot and try to meditate, but mostly I just sleep. That blessed moment of uninterrupted sleep.

Vicki Filomeo

I go out with friends every Wednesday night.

Beth

Most everyday after work I stop for a cold one;) …

Actually, I go to Tropical Smoothie Café and I order the “Health Nut” sugar free, Splenda free, add flax seed and pea powder. Hmmm. this Smoothie is so good and it relaxes me plus it is actually good for me. the fruit in it is mango, blueberries, banana and two scoops of pureed ice.

Patti

I love to walk my dog and play with him, I meditate and can’t wait for the summer canning season!

Pam

A weekly hair blow out at the salon

MIckey Birt

delux pedicures every 2 weeks, massages once a month, and travel as often as possible

Eunice

I have pets, enjoy 1-2 hours of knitting, crochet or crosstitching per week. And will always go traveling (road trip or air) at least once a month. I’m in management and I try to leave the woes of the day as I leave work.