By The Gypsy Nurse Staff

November 18, 2018

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Working the Holiday Shift?

5 Ways to shift your mood happy

Even though so many people depend on nurses during the holidays it may not make you feel all that joyous when you are on your feet for a holiday shift. What’s more, travel nurses are often away from family and friends and have a work schedule that prevents that trip home for a brief reunion. Here are some ideas that might make those holiday shifts a little easier to endure:

Holiday Shift
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1.) Forget the calendar:

celebrate the holiday early, or later than the rest of the country. Plan to continue your traditions when family and friends can be together. If you are traveling, you may also find fares are less expensive off-peak.

2.) Look for the perks:

there may be some upside to holiday hours, extra pay, or even a free meal from the cafeteria. You can also create your own with colleagues in the same boat, do a pot luck and share some of your favorite recipes or desserts.

3.) Find joy in your patients:

it’s amazing how rewarding empathy can be. If you find yourself caring for someone in need on the holidays try to look for ways to make them feel better and enjoy the holiday.

4.) Be positive:

if you obsess with being sad or even angry over your schedule, you are destined to feel that way and project that attitude on others. If you find blessings and joy to focus on (your health, your family, your employment and paycheck, even the weather) you are bound to feel better. And, everyone looks better with a smile.

5.) Reward yourself:

it might be tough to get through your shift when others are enjoying a home-cooked meal so plan a treat for yourself after the holiday shift. Give yourself something to look forward to; a spa day, dinner out, extra class at the gym, or even decadent chocolate.

If you’re unable to spend Thanksgiving with your family, you can always spend it with other Travel Nurses. Click here for a list of a Gypsy Thanksgiving locations.

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