But, what about our colleagues with disabilities who are working with additional challenges?
Imagine working a 12-hour shift as a staff nurse walking on a prosthetic leg? Or, being a nurse with a hearing loss reading lips for 12 hours. Think of all the nurses working with chronic back pain.
Or, struggling with mental health issues. Self-care may be particularly important for some of these nurses.
Some suggestions for nurses with disabilities include:
Take the long way home and enjoy a new view.
Get or give yourself a facial.
Call an old friend.
Try a laughter yoga class.
Take a bubble bath.
Get an adult coloring book and start coloring.
Watch a funny movie.
Buy flowers for yourself or stop and pick some wild flowers.
Go to the library and get a good book to read.
Join a support group for nurses with disabilities.
Recognize that you are entitled to take a break and care for yourself.
Because You Matter!