In the midst of a pandemic, where so many changes have brought about new challenges, and where nurses are constantly taking care of others, healthcare heroes can especially need help staying on top of their own health or wellness! Here are a few of the top ways we’ve found for nurses to improve their health this year.

1. Tackle Chronic Pain

Have you been suffering from chronic pain for so long you’re pretty much just used to it at this point? While that may be common, it’s certainly not good! Whether you’re experiencing lower back pain, foot pain, neck and shoulder pain, chronic headaches, or anything else that hurts more often than not, a physiotherapist can be a great place to start when seeking relief. And if physio isn’t what works for you, take the time to do a bit of research and see what options there are for you to try. A new mattress, orthotics, a nightguard — it can take a push to get yourself to take action and try potential solutions, but if it works it’ll be worth it!

2. Take Your Tests

Similar to chronic pain, sometimes there are certain diagnostic tests that we either put off, push back, or don’t follow up on. If there’s something you think needs imaging, advocate for yourself and take the time to check those off your to-do list. Make sure you’re not overdue for a full blood workup and that other tests – such as mammograms, paps or colonoscopies – are up-to-date. Requested an appointment with a specialist and still waiting? Follow-up on that too. Sometimes it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease!

3. Talk To Someone

Healthcare workers see a lot of heavy stuff, and since it can be pretty common within the field, it can become normalized… but holding your composure at work doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect you. Throw in the stress and isolation of a global pandemic and pretty much anyone could use some time to unpack what’s going on internally. Whether you’ve never seen a therapist or just haven’t had the time to lately, have an honest conversation with yourself to see if you need some time to work on what’s going on within.

4. You Knew It Was Coming… Water!

Is there any health and wellness list that doesn’t remind you to reevaluate your water intake? We think not! Make sure you are giving your body what it needs and go one step further by swapping some habits for healthier ones. Switching out diet soda for essenced carbonated water or replacing one of your daily cups of coffee with organic tea may allow you to reap additional benefits.

5. Indulge Your Adventurous Side

When you’re a nurse, the world is truly your oyster. Travel nurses have the unique ability to see and experience incredible locations, cultures and communities, all while growing their skillset and building their resume. With higher-than-average wages and your travel and accommodations paid for, travel nursing can also be a great way to save up for ‘the next big thing’ in your life. If that sounds like what you need to make 2021 a positive year, learn more about travel nursing in Canada or contact our Career Consultants.