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By Uniti Med

November 9, 2023

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Three Strategies to Enhance Your Well-Being (and 3 Pitfalls to Avoid)

Uniti Med provided this article.

Committed to delivering outstanding care on the go, travel nurses often overlook their own well-being. Juggling demanding schedules, battling post-shift fatigue, and yearning for moments of relaxation often cause them to neglect self-care.

If you haven’t explored Uniti Med’s guide to improving mental health and well-being for medical professionals yet, you can find it here. These seven practical everyday tips are designed to integrate into your hectic life seamlessly. However, we recognize that implementing all these changes at once can be overwhelming, especially with a packed schedule. Here are some actionable steps to get you started today:

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To Do:

  1. Embrace one of the seven self-care habits outlined in Uniti Med’s blog on well-being tips for medical professionals. Each one offers many benefits for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Choose the one that resonates most with you and your schedule, even if it means dedicating just five minutes per day.
  2. Express your gratitude to someone you care about. This simple act will not only boost your own well-being but also enhance the recipient’s mood. It’s a win-win situation, leaving both parties feeling more loved, loving, and happier, thus increasing the likelihood of this positive state enduring.
  3. Extend grace to yourself. Perfection is unattainable, and holding onto past mistakes can hinder your progress. Forgive not only others but also yourself. Release the burdens of wrongs done to you and those you’ve committed against others. Remember that we’re all doing our best with the knowledge we possess, and it’s time to elevate yourself and your life to a higher plane.
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Not To Do:

  1. Avoid falling into the trap of judgment and comparison. Whether in your professional or personal life, be mindful of these destructive habits, as they’ve been shown to reduce happiness, increase anger and stress, and lower your overall quality of life.
  2. Resist the urge to stay up late watching screens or scrolling through your phone. Unless you’re working the night shift with no other choice, it’s counterproductive to watch TV or browse your phone late into the night, especially when you have an early morning ahead. This habit has been linked to reduced dopamine levels the next day and disrupted sleep patterns. Consider turning off screens about an hour before bedtime and create a dark, cool, and quiet sleeping environment to fall asleep faster and stay asleep. It’s also a perfect opportunity to pick up a book.
  3. Avoid consuming alcohol or eating a heavy meal right before bedtime. Digesting food demands a significant amount of energy from your body, diverting it away from the restorative sleep your body needs. While these practices may help you fall asleep initially, they often result in lower sleep quality and frequent nighttime awakenings.

By following these simple yet effective guidelines, you can significantly improve your well-being. Remember, your health and happiness are essential for providing the best care possible to others. Best of luck on your journey towards enhanced well-being!

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