Make the most of your days off as a nurse

Stories - Clock Carla Hamster Wheel PNGTime off is precious to a nurse, even if you work only three days per week. Those twelve-hour days can take a toll on you, sometimes even more than going into work five days per week.

Of course, when you get a day off, you have to enjoy it as much as you can.

This means making room for a great amount of things you may have put off during the week while you were working.

Although some of your time on your days off will not be spent in glamorous pursuits, you should probably spend at least fifty percent of your time on relaxation and fun.

The rest of the time may be filled with activities that are less fun but just as important.


Everyone has chores, and if you live with your family or live alone, you are going to have chores to do.

One important chore is to make sure the laundry is done so that you have something to wear to work when your next shift is due.

You may also want to plan meals in advance, cook them on one day, and then freeze them for the coming week.

This may sound like a lot of work, but at least you will be sure that you will have healthy meals for you and your family.

As for cleaning, most nurses have houses that look like tornadoes tore through them, and that’s okay.

You should choose relaxation over cleaning any day, but if the clutter is getting bad, you may need to clean up a few things just for the sake of your own sanity.


Sometimes family can be relaxing and fun, but sometimes it can be as stressful as a twelve-hour shift.

If you have children and a spouse, you will want to try to spend time with them while you are off so that you don’t miss out on the important things in life.

If you are single, you still need to make time for family and friends because they will inevitably miss you.

Isolating yourself on your days off is sure to encourage depression and burnout more than being sociable.

In the end, no matter how tired you are, days off mean that you need to see family and friends and to enjoy them for the great people they are.

If they aren’t great, maybe you need to reconsider the people you hang out with on your days off.


At least half of your time should be spent on relaxation, and roughly one third of that should be spent on sleep. Nurses notoriously don’t get a lot of sleep, and this is important in the process of recharging your batteries.

After you have slept enough, you need to find something to do that will take your mind off of nursing.

Hobbies are a great way to relax, but even just going on walks or reading a book can ease your stress levels and help you to cope.

You may also want to consider a meditation practice or some sort of spiritual pursuit to help you feel more connected with yourself.

Often, spirituality is a great source of stress relief, and you can find a religion that is aligned with your personal beliefs for that purpose.


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