Nights off are so precious, so important that you should plan what you are going to do ahead of time. Or maybe you should just plan to do nothing and let the day unfold in a leisurely fashion.
However, there are some things you should do on your night off that are really important to recharging your batteries for the next round of nursing work. Of course, this list isn’t all-inclusive and may not work for everyone, but it’s a great place to start.
Spend time with family and friends
You can’t possibly see them while you are working, so you need to see them on your days off. Make the time to see family and friends or you are going to start feeling lonely and isolated.
You need to remember why you are nursing to begin with. When you spend time with your family and friends, it helps you to get in touch with the people that are supporting you and have always supported your goal to be a nurse.
Quality time with Netflix
Some people really like Netflix, and some people don’t have the slightest idea of what it is. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that you find something that can help you relax.
You may think that vegging in front of the television is a waste of time, but your brain needs time to go into non-critical mode. Nothing can make your brain shut down like binge watching Grey’s Anatomy.
Go out somewhere
On the other side of the coin, you should go out somewhere, too. Don’t stay cooped up inside because that can lead to depression if you only see your house and your work.
You don’t have to go out to a club – even a trip to Walmart would be okay. You do need to get out a bit, though, so that you can see there is a whole non-nursing world out there.
Don’t answer the phone
Depending on your facility, you will be called on your day off to come in to work. Don’t do it. Hold you day off as the most important day in your week.
Use caller ID to make sure that you aren’t answering to them or let everything go to voicemail. You need this time off, and talking to the desperate charge nurse is only going to make you feel guilty enough to give in.
Sleep! Oh, how nurses dream about sleep, but it can be so depressing to sleep an entire day away. Please, don’t do that.
Although you may be tempted to sleep for your whole day off, you will wake up and have to go directly back to work, and you won’t feel like a regular human being. Set an alarm, wake up early, and go do some of the things on this list to make yourself feel like you are part of a world that doesn’t revolve around nursing.