The nursing profession is a whirlwind of constantly running around and working under pressure. A nurses job is to take care of others, but when the scrubs come off, its finally time to take care of your own well-being. When a nurse does get a chance to have some time for themselves, choosing the best activities is important for maintaining a healthy and happy mind, body, and soul.
Here are a couple suggestions for hobbies to enjoy on your day off:
- Exercise: Yeah, I’m sure the last thing that comes to mind for a relaxing day off is hitting the gym. But, exercise is beneficial to the mental state. That morning jog or the yoga class you attend has potential to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, boost mental capacity, tap into creativity, and boost happy chemicals in the brain. Whatever your workout method of choice; getting your body moving will actually give your body the motivation it needs to have energy to get even more done in your downtime from work. And of course, your waist-line will thank you as well.
- Day-trips/Mini-vacations: Traveling an hour or two away from your home can add excitement to your life without the commitment, time taken off work, and cost of a lengthy trip. Explore some music venues, art galleries, shopping, fine dining, amusement parks, local historical sites or any other attraction of your liking are just a drive away. Also, if a day off comes spontaneously, day-trips are easy to plan. Learn about your local cities that you don’t visit as much as you should while having fun!
- Plan a dinner with friends/family: Sometimes our work lives are so busy, it’s hard to get a chance to gather with our loved ones. On your next available downtime, plan a meal with friends or family. It’s a great opportunity to try out a new recipe, make reservations at the new eatery you’ve been dying to visit, and of course share moments with the people that matter most to you.
- Craft/music making: Picking up a hobby like knitting, jewelry making, hiking, or playing an instrument can greatly benefit your life. It will keep your mind sharp, reduce stress and you can invite others to join in your new pastimes or enjoy the hobby in solitude.
- Have a day in: Sometimes in the life of a nurse, it seems like there just never is enough time in the day…or days in the week! There’s no shame in spending a quiet day at home on a day off. Get all your laundry done, finish that novel you’ve been reading for 3 months, or even just catch up on some much needed rest and relaxation.
Life is for living and when you get the time to have fun, relax, or try new things its important to seize the opportunity. Whether you want to spend your free-time on a local sandy beach or curled up on the couch; be sure to choose an activity that you find pleasurable, relaxing, and rewarding.