Looking after yourself

As a nurse and or midwife it is important that you also look after your own health. Working in the health care / aged care sectors and caring for others can impact on your own health and wellbeing, but there are support options available for you too.

If you would like to chat to someone you can call our confidential support line 24/7 on 1800 667 877.
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Self-care strategies
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Make time for you

Schedule and plan your self-care. Set aside time each day to enable your self-care to become a habit. Develop your self-care goals and wellness plan.

Prioritise your self-care time

Let others in your life know that your self-care is vital to your well-being. Share your plan with them and ask them to support it. Print your wellness plan out, display it at home so others can see what you are up to and support you.

Switching Off

Some people are good at switching off from distraction and life others need to learn this.

Self-care often requires focus; it may involve a solo activity or be an activity you enjoy sharing with others.

If it’s hard for you, try doing something that diverts your attention, like mindfulness, solving a puzzle or reading a book.

Learn some quick fixes

If you are frazzled and short on time, learn some strategies that can be done in a few minutes. Breathing exercises and stretching are great as they can be done in a few minutes, practically anywhere.

Healthy living matters

Be mindful that you are getting adequate sleep, physical activity, eating a well-balanced diet and keeping a check on your own physical and emotional health requirements.

What can I do next?
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Why not read some of our articles on staying healthy that may help:

Our service provides free and confidential support 24/7, to nurses, midwives and students Australia wide. If you would like to speak to someone call 1800 667 877, or you can request support via email.

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