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Maintaining a good work life balance as registered general nurse

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We all understand that being a registered general nurse is a job that can be very demanding at times, by doing long hours, changing shift patterns and dealing with endless number of patients with different needs. Achieving the ideal work-life balance is something that we all strive to achieved, particularly when you are in a profession that involves putting the needs of other before your own.

Research carried out by the health and safety executive indicates that 9 in 10 registered general nurses in the healthcare sector admit feeling more stressed and anxious. This is why it is important to put in place ways that will help you maintain a steady work-life balance. There are various different ways to accomplish a positive work-life balance. Below are a few helpful tips to inspire you and encourage you to achieve a better work-life balance.

When you have had a busy day on the ward, it is important that you exercise to improve your mental and physical well-being. Exercise allows you to release any built-up stress and allows you to focus on something aside from work. This allows you to detach yourself from stresses experienced during the day. When you have finished your shifts, it is best to schedule exercise straight after work, this could be doing a workout at the gym, after your shift, completing a home workout or going on a run. It is important to ensure routine of exercising at least three times a week to take your mind off things and help you relax. Switching off from work is important to reduce stress and take your mind off things.

Balanced Diet
When doing long shift patterns and working a lot of days, having a balanced diet can be difficult to fit in, however it is important that you are feeding your body with nutrients to ensure your body feels energised. This will help you care for patients and during your days off, you will feel more refreshed to undertake other activities and spend time with loved ones. It is important to eat a healthy balanced diet that is full of vitamins, protein and having the right amount of fats and carbohydrates to keep you energised throughout the day.

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Undertake a hobby
During your time away from work, it is important to undertake a hobby to take your mind off things. If it important to discover something your passionate about doing, you may have to try a few things before finding something that you really enjoy. Examples of this could include, ice skating, painting, swimming, painting, yoga and much more.

During your time out of work it is important to socialise with friends and family, it could be spending time on video call or going out for shopping or a meal to take your mind off work stresses. This is likely to put you in positive moods by treating yourself, friends and family.

We are a nursing agency in Wolverhampton and we have many registered nurse jobs across the Midlands and Staffordshire, offering flexible shifts to suit your availability and we offer high rates of pay. Check out our job search tool to discover roles local to you or contact our recruitment team on 0121 285 9449 to find out more about our registered general nurse, registered learning disability and registered mental nurse roles to secure, and secure a role with us today. We have a team of specialist nurses and we are continuously looking to grow our team by working with you.

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