As nurses, you take care of many people—at work, at home and in the community. But focusing on your own wellness is important as well. Given the physical and emotional stress and strains inherent in the nursing profession, it is important to make self-care a priority - choosing behaviours that help to counter balance the daily demands of the profession.
Nurses often also have the responsibility of educating patients on how to care for themselves. This important role applies not only for short-term needs such as providing post-operative instructions or answering questions about medications, but also covers lifestyle changes required to manage and prevent chronic diseases. It can be easier to speak to others about healthy lifestyles when we ourselves are trying to follow this behavior.
This Grow your Wellness resource aims to provide useful, healthy lifestyle information to benefit nurses looking to strengthen their wellness and live a healthy lifestyle, particularly in the context of today’s epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).