Over the last few weeks, a few people have asked me how I’m able to work in such a high stress profession as a frontline healthcare provider. They can’t seem to fathom being a nurse, especially once whose specialty is Emergency Room Nursing, in this time of pandemic crisis. It’s been stressful to say the least, and I won’t lie, it’s been wearing on me physically, and it’s draining me mentally. When I talk with my colleagues, they express feeling the same. This IS the most challenged I have felt in my 30 year career as a nurse.
So, how do am I able to do it? How am I able to function at work, then switch gears when I get home? This is how. It’s in the knowing that being a nurse is only a very small part of who I am. I am so much MORE. I am able to leave work at work and come home to my family and pursue so many other things that give me JOY …
I am thankful to have a career that I actually love and enjoy, that has given me a sense of purpose, professional satisfaction, and that compensates me well. But outside of work I am so many other things, I do so many other things that also gives me purpose, personal satisfaction, and happiness. That’s my secret to how I am able to do what I do. It’s knowing that I am secure in myself to pursue other things that light me up. Be it visiting and spending time with my children, my black belt adventures in Krav Maga, my outlet of running and constant exercise and movement, shooting guns with my husband, writing out letters, or painting to my heart’s content.
Know who you are. Figure out the things that light you up and bring you joy and do MORE of those things. When you’re not doing things that you love and enjoy, you’ll find yourself stressed and anxious and questioning your existence. Take the time to get reacquainted with yourself. Seriously, take the time. If you’re sitting there thinking that you have so many other things going on: work, rearing children, housework, playing taxi driver, and whatever else you have doing on …. know this, I, too, was once there. Married, mother of 4 beautiful humans, major breadwinner working full time, always worried, stressed. I put everyone’s needs ahead of mine, and I was slowly dying inside. Here’s the thing, before I was married and had children, I was ME. I was and still am ME! I did things here and there that interested me, but I didn’t believe that I could pursue these things without compromising my family or work. What I didn’t know was that I was compromising myself! It took awhile for me to understand this and feel worthy of pursuing and doing things that I loved, and once I did, it was a game changer! Game changer! Life changer!
Work your happiness muscles! Take the time for your self! You ARE deserving AND worthy! Your life will truly be more fulfilling and joyful! Where you once had waning energy, you will find yourself charged up, lit up, and energetic! This is important! And if you need more convincing … as your children watch you following your passions and taking time for yourself, remember that you are setting an example for them to dream BIG, and to also pursue their passions, and live a fulfilled and joyful life! Life is more than just working and doing things that other people think that you should be doing. Life is about LIVING YOUR LIFE. Remember that and you’re good!