Mother’s Day is here, and Father’s Day is just around the corner and it is the perfect time to celebrate the important role parents play in our lives. And whether you are a father or a mother, if you’re a nurse who has children, you may be looking for ways to juggle work and family. While your role in both areas of your life is that of a care giver, it’s important to take care of yourself, too. Here are five tips for finding a sense of balance in both important areas of your life.
Consider Your Schedule
Nursing isn’t a nine-to-five job. Healthcare facilities need nurses around the clock, seven days a week. Consider the best schedule for you and your family. Some hospitals offer flexible shifts that don’t interfere with your family time. For example, you could work while your child is at school or work night shifts when your partner can be home with your family. Another option may be working as a home care nurse. This job can be made to fit your schedule, providing freedom and flexibility.
Create a Support Network
Just like any profession, you may experience an unplanned emergency. For example, your child may need to stay home from school because they’re sick, or an elderly parent may need your assistance, your daycare provider may have an emergency and can’t take your child, or a snow day may close the school. Whatever the situation, you still have to go to work. It’s important to identify a family member or friend who may be available before you need help. Knowing you have a backup plan in place provides peace of mind.
Plan Family Activities
Getting through a busy day is a job in and of itself. But don’t overlook having fun with your family. Make a point to plan family outings on your days off, such as a trip to a local attraction or a picnic in the park. You’ll not only build memories and strong connections with your family; you’ll give them something to look forward to, which can make getting through the week easier.
Manage Your Stress
It’s easy to overlook your own needs when you’re busy caring for everyone else. Just like airplane passengers are told to fasten their own air masks before helping others, it’s important to make caring for yourself a priority. Be sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating right, and finding time to exercise. These things can have a big impact on your health, energy, and attitude. And you’ll be able to be a better nurse and parent, too.
Ask for Help
Parents often try to be everything to everyone. They often don’t want to ask for help because they worry it will be an imposition. But those who care about you are likely to want to help and will be thrilled to step up when you need a hand. Whether it’s your partner, parent, or a close friend, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. It can take a village to raise a family and sharing some of the responsibility can make you feel less stressed.
And if you’re not yet a nurse but are thinking of becoming one, Fortis can help you get started by providing a quality education. Click here for more information on our nursing programs or call us today at (855) 436-7847 and speak to one of our admissions representatives.