Yep it’s time to say “so long” to 2019 and “hey, how are you doing” to 2020 … and what better way to do this than in a blog ….
2019 for me was a really wonderful year (and i’m not just saying that .. it really was!), a year where I spent lots of time with family, with friends, time exploring, doing new things and meeting new people, I laughed lots and really felt comfortable in my own skin. Part of this has to do with my personal health and fitness journey (yes sorry to bore you again folks with running!) I have always struggled to stay fit and healthy, since having 3 children my weight has been an issue and nursing shifts were no help. Long hours, odd shift patterns coupled with mum duties, terrible eating habits and non existent exercise regimes were all contributing factors … but this year I have felt that I have turned a corner …running become “normal” for me. I have been running for about 3 years now but this year it felt like it was just part of what I do. I have to admit to still being a reluctant runner and I do run slower than a tortoise through treacle … but nevertheless I do now feel that I can call myself “a runner” (not sure what i was doing before … walking very quickly maybe?)
I run three times a week, and for me it’s not about being fast, running races or running long distances it’s about keeping going. The fact that I have run three times a week (give or take a week due to illness) for over three years is that “something” that motivates me to keep going. There are times when i feel on top of the world about how healthy it makes me feel and there are times when I feel that I fail .. usually when I am busy or have had a cold or injury. The past 6 weeks have been the latter, I had a very busy end to November and never really seemed to recover and then the dreaded Christmas cold hit ! Exercise became sporadic and healthy eating went right out of the window. Whereas three years ago I may have taken this failure hard and given up now I view it very differently indeed …. it’s an opportunity to stop, reset and start again.
And what a time and opportunity to reset and think again …. 2020 year of the nurse. What better time for me as a nurse and indeed all nurses and midwives to start to think about themselves…. let’s take care of us !! This isn’t about being selfish, it isn’t about not taking care of our patients, this is about including US (nurses) in our care. It’s about taking care of and for each other and individual self care. It’s about using this amazing year to reset and think again about who we are as nurses and how we can continue to be the very best that we can be.
Earlier this year I came across this:
It made me realise that self care is more than a bubble bath or a walk in the park, it’s multifaceted and and requires some thought. So as part of my 2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife reset i wanted to approach this more intelligently … so here’s my nursing self care plan.. it’s in the guise of a mind map as I think better in pictures!
2020 year of the nurse & midwife ….the year of us ! I urge every nurse to use 2020 to care for us too, look after yourself and look after each other! My hope for 2020 is that as nurses we will all take a look at “us” and our care in a more intelligent way 🙂