Instead of ingesting sugary treats to celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12), consider pursuing activities to feed your spirit or mind instead.
1. If you are feeling artistic and need to relax, why not color?
There are several nurse coloring book pages you can download, draw and post to social media, thanks to the Madison School of Healthcare, where stories from nurses were turned into art. The pages cover familiar scenarios, from amusing night shift shenanigans to a heartfelt scene of chipping in for a patient. You can download all here. Want to share your work? Showcase your drawing on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #NursesWeek and #ColoringWithNurses.
2. If drawing is not your thing, consider a massage.
Here’s the rub: don’t wait for the weekend. Get a massage in the middle of the week. Sometimes you have to yield to whim! So instead of a second helping of cake to celebrate the fabulousness of being a nurse, imagine the sensation of your aches and stresses being kneaded away. Yes, put down the dessert and go ink in a well-deserved massage appointment.
3. Another way to treat yourself is to curl up with a book written by one of your hardworking peers.
Consider these offerings:
- Josephine Ensign, Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through the Safety Net
- William Rosa (editor), Nurses as Leaders: Evolutionary Visions of Leadership
- Alexandra Robbins, The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital
- Lee Gutkind (editor), I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse
- James Kelly, Where Night is Day: The World of the ICU
- Laurie Barkin, The Comfort Garden: Tales from the Trauma Unit
- Cortney Davis, The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing
- Florence Nightingale, Notes on Nursing: What it Is, and What it Is Not
Good nurses deserve a break. Make the time to show yourself some appreciation!