The holiday season is here and there are several factors that can attribute to the holiday blues.
- Missing family – As you see other families get together for the season, this may make you feel homesick. Keep in mind, patients in the hospital might also be missing their families and could be seeking your companionship while they are there.
- Budgeting – People tend to spend more money than usual on travel, dining out, and shopping during the holiday season.
- Stress – There may be the opportunity to pick up more shifts during the holidays while others are taking time off from work.
Why You Should Overcome Nurse Fatigue During The Holidays
Being fatigued can have a negative effect on your health and your performance.
If you feel homesick, reach out to your family and friends to catch up with them. Keeping in communication with them will make you feel better even if you cannot physically be with them at the time.
If you plan to spend extra money during the holidays, budget for it beforehand. Do not go overboard trying to impress anyone if you cannot afford it at the moment.
It is important to protect your patients by keeping up with your health and remaining alert. Avoiding indulging in too many unhealthy foods and staying hydrated can help prevent you becoming ill. There will be plenty of get-togethers during this season that you won’t want to miss, but be sure to get an adequate amount of sleep before your next shift. Try relaxation methods to reduce stress and think positively as it will help you work cohesively with your coworkers to make your days less worrisome.
Importance of Getting Flu Shots For Your Family
As a nurse, you already know why it’s important to get a flu shot for yourself, but have you considered getting flu shots for your family’s health this holiday season?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. The flu vaccine . . .
- Can keep you from getting sick with flu
- Can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations, including among children and older adults
- Are very important for people with chronic health conditions like diabetes and heart and lung disease
- Help protect both pregnant women and their babies for several months after birth from the flu
- May make your illness milder if you do get sick
Consider getting your family flu shots to lessen the chance of them getting sick with the flu this season to ease fatigue.
Feel free to reach out to your most current assigned PassportUSA representative if you have any questions.
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