Nurses need vacations. Period. The stress of working on the floor means that you need to go somewhere to completely decompress.
The bliss of forgetting that you are a nurse is something that you need to do from time to time. If you don’t, you will go crazy.
Luckily, your “big” paycheck may allow you to at least get a decent vacation. If this isn’t possible – which it usually isn’t – there are some low cost, easy ways to relax during your vacation from the facility.
MOST people like the beach. If you are one of those people who don’t like the beach, then either develop a taste for it or go on a camping trip, if that’s something you are into.
The fact is that most people like the beach or at least the water.
If you live near a beach or can fly to a beach, you should take the opportunity to get yourself to one for ultimate relaxation.
What is a landlocked nurse to do? Water is very relaxing, and many parts of the country have lakes that also have beaches.
They aren’t the perfect beaches, but they will do in a pinch.
You can also go to a river, take a cruise up and down the water, and feel the spray in your face.
Bed and Breakfast
BnBs are a great place to go and just be pampered. You don’t have to do laundry, make food, or deal with screaming children.
Most bed and breakfasts are picturesque and beautiful. The interiors are beautiful, but go to a place that is also set in a scenic area.
During the day, you can visit the sites, take part in local shopping, or simply rest in the magnificent confines of a stunning house. A weekend at a midsized bed and breakfast isn’t usually too expensive.
In addition, most areas have bed and breakfasts. With some internet searching, you should be able to find the perfect one for you and your significant other to get away from it all.
Technically, you could have a staycation every week. Pampering yourself doesn’t mean that you have to spend money or travel to exotic lands.
You can spend some money if you want to, though. A day spa that is near your house is a perfect way to experience a staycation while spending a little bit of money.
Isolation or staying with your significant other is the important part of a staycation. Get those kids to their grandparents, aunts, uncles, or close friend’s house.
You can drink some wine, take a bubble bath, and binge on Netflix. Your goal is to do everything to take your mind off of work and relax entirely.
Nurses need vacations. If you don’t take them, you will burnout.
If none of these are interesting to you, find something you love and go with it, even if it is skydiving. Whatever relaxes you is the best vacation you can take.