Hey nurse, I see you. The real you, not in a creepy way either like Joe Golderberg.
Regardless of what is burning down around you, you carry that smile effortlessly and beautifully as you care for your patients. But the caring just doesn’t stop there, it extends to patient’s families and to co-workers whether they are in your immediate care/team or not. I even see you when you think no one else does; walking into the supply room or med room and falling to your knees to cry. Shortly after wiping your tears away you continue to go about your day as if nothing is wrong.
Depression and anxiety are very much real and I am here to tell you that the girl I am talking about is me. Let us not forget about those who silently struggle as we endlessly care for others. It is so very important that during this time you realize….
You are not alone or invisible. There are people out there who genuinely care and will provide a safe place for you to be vulnerable.
Self-care is of utmost importance (whether that means working out at home, taking a bath in the tub, spending time with a loved one, cuddling with your babies/fur babies – the list goes on).
No one is perfect and it is okay to feel negatively about things at times. But don’t allow yourself to dwell there. Allow yourself the time you need and then move on. It isn’t always easy, but use your tools.
Prepare for days to by building your “survival kit.” Identify triggers, repeat positive affirmations, write out negative thoughts in a letter and once done leave all that came with it there - overall care for yourself as you would care for others. We cannot control what happens to us but we can control how we react to it.
Every one of us goes through a struggle, a unique, individual struggle that when shared has the powerful ability to bring people together. The very thing that makes us feel so alone and isolated is the very thing that can connect us. Now more than ever it is imperative that we unite and support one another with all of this craziness going on around us with COVID-19.
I am so grateful to have found a group of nurses with HOLLIBLU that genuinely LOVE to see nurses thrive. I was provided a safe space to be vulnerable and given so much support which in turned allowed me to thrive. Thank you Nurse Georgie for your sweet words and encouragement.
Words by Priya Moorehouse, RN
You can reach Priya on Instagram at @priyamoorhouse