Practicing self-care has long been known to decrease stress and improve resilience. Now, more than ever, nurses and other healthcare professionals should make self-care a priority. Nurses often neglect to recognize their own needs as they are so focused on caring for others, their education, family obligations, and much more. I challenge all nurses to commit to self-care activities every day — after all, those you care for need you to be at your best!
Associate Dean, Capella School of Nursing and Health Sciences
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Nursing is a career where you are constantly giving; giving to your patients, giving to the healthcare team, and giving of your time and energy to your unit. Without being able to refill your own cup it is impossible to continue pouring out into other people. I think everyone needs to find their version of self-care and practice it early on!
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