Mental Health: A Guide to Self-Care

In 2017, I was clinically diagnosed with depression but I have experienced episodes of depression since the age of sixteen from every day stress. According to Healthline, 16.2 million adults in the United States have depression, or 6.7% of American adults have experienced at least one major depressive episode. In Fall 2018, I have completed my Mental Health Behavioral Aide II Certificate. With this certificate, I am certified to work as a Psychiatric Associate, Health Care Technician, Mental Health Assistant or Mental Health Technician. Although I completed the certificate because I believe it would be a great addition to my future nursing degree and to gain practical knowledge and techniques to work with individuals with different mental health disorders.  


Today, I will give you some tips on how to nurture your body, mind, and spirit. As a Nursing Station Technician, sometimes our days can be stressful. It is good to know some self-care techniques.


1. Make time for yourself.

Set a time each week to focus on yourself as you would do for work, school, and date night and stick to it!


2. Take up a hobby.

As a Nursing Station Technician, I have seen how stressful nursing can be. Find something that brings you joy and take time to do it. For example, some of my colleagues take up photography, write a blog, or work out at a gym.


3. Unplug.

Turn off electronic devices (including TV and cell phones), leave work at work, and take a moment to unwind from the day. Avoid anything that can rile you up.


4. Don't be afraid to say no…

If your schedule is already full, don't be afraid to say "no" to taking on additional responsibilities. (i.e., picking up extra shifts).


5. …but say yes to friends and family.

Whenever possible, say "yes" to spending time with those you care about.


6. Do yoga.

Yoga can help energize your body and focus your mind. It allows you to center yourself and be present.


7. Focus on nutrition.

Food is fuel. Eat a well-balanced meal to keep your body fueled.


8. Get a message.

Not only does it massage address tension, it can also help you emotionally refresh.


9. Prioritize sleep.

A good night of sleep can make a world of difference!


10. Extend self-care to work hours.

Take breaks when you can and be sure to eat (even if it is just a snack). When I take a 15-minute break, I feel that it improves the care of myself and my patients.


Finally… enjoy life!

Take time to find the joy in your life and appreciate the good things when you can.

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Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

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