Four Strategies for Nurse Self-Care During the Holidays

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There are plenty of strategies for nurse self-care during the holidays. The holidays are meant to be fun and memorable. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun because you’re stretched too thin. Take your time, make self-care a priority, and thrive and enjoy the holiday cheer.

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During the holidays, nurses can feel the heat in terms of extra work, long hours and time away from family and friends. It can be lonely and distressing not to be with loved ones on special occasions like Christmas, and the stress of the season doesn't help. So how do you - a conscientious and hard-working nurse - take care of yourself at a time of year that can be equal parts lovely and extra stressful?


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Keith Carlson
Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s two podcasts, RNFM Radio and The Nurse Keith Show, offer inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful, satisfying lives and careers. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on many social media platforms---including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram - as well as at and Digital Doorway.
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Robyn Cosgrove
26 Dec 2019
Excellent. Nurses need to be encouraged to practice self care in order to be able to perform effectively in their work and not become burned out.
Michele antonino
04 Jan 2020
Great relevant information on self care
Kate McCallum
09 Aug 2021
Wendy Knights
18 Dec 2020
As first stated nurses want to care and help others and forget about ourselves but it’s vital that we take care of our selves for the benefit of everyone.
Faith Huston
18 Dec 2020
Relevant and timely information to reinforce and validate what I already know
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Tina Walker
24 Dec 2021
Great article to remind everyone to take care of themselves, especially during the holiday season, especially with the covid
Pamela Boyd
27 Dec 2019
Good common sense and worth taking heed of these suggestions. Sometimes hard to say No, but good to try and have adequate rest/sleep and have physical exercise and do what's necessary not the superfluous.
kawaljeet kaur
02 Jan 2022
Sometimes we all forget to take a break and keep pushing our self to work more and more.
Carolyn Daly
22 Dec 2022
Registered Nurse
Provided excellent examples to assist with relaxation and reducing stress during this extremely challenging time of the year.
Melinda Kelly-Hamilton
22 Dec 2021
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