As a nursing professional it is important that you take the time to consider factors that impact upon your own health - this is known as self-care.
Self-care is the power we all hold as individuals to influence our level of wellbeing.
Choosing behaviours which help us balance the effects of physical and emotional stress supports us to engage positively with family, friends or colleagues, and deliver safe and compassionate care to your patients.
The information below aims to help you to manage physical and emotional stress, recognise when you need help and prevent you from reaching crisis point.
Completing the Self Assessment Worksheet will allow you to gauge your current level of self-care and which can be referred to throughout your journey. Should you have any concerns about a lack of self-care or feel that you resist looking after yourself then we recommend you discuss this with someone you trust, or consult your GP. You can also set up an appointment with the RCN’s counselling service if you are a member.
In addition to the guidance below, the RCN publication Working towards a Healthy You offers some areas to consider which could help you prevent and manage physical and emotional stress.