Do we feel like this photograph at the end of a shift?
Self care is on the nursing and midwifery radar. It has been recognised internationally by many nursing and midwifery organisations as being vitally important not only to the ongoing health and well-being of nurses and midwives, but also as part of the sustainability of our nursing and midwifery workforce. So, how do we translate what we know is important into something that is a natural part of our everyday? Self care is not meant to be an additional burden, complex, or difficult.
developing a listening ear to the messages of our body and then honouring those messages
not about being perfect
developing honesty with oneself without judgement or criticism
And, it is a lot of fun, beginning to explore self-care for ourselves.
Most importantly, self care is about developing the quality in which we live every day. What this means is, given all the activities we do each day, the way we attend to everything matters, not only for others, but equally for ourselves.
Considering ourselves in everything that we do in our day is key.
The potential and power of self-care should not be underestimated.
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