2 Mindset Shift to Protect Your Nursing Energies
- You’ve been off on vacation. Your thoughts were focused on enjoyment, rest, and activity outside of work. So you were feeling’ good and thus your behavior was enthusiastic excitement about going back to your job as a nurse, which ultimately you love because you care about people.
- Then you get to the unit. Other people start talking, toning, and projecting their energy onto you. Your thoughts start to race: I wonder what happened on night shift. What if I have to stay late? That difficult patient stresses me out¦ (And so on). These racing thoughts become negative feelings and then influence your outward behavior.
- Embrace a gratitude ritual at the start of your day. Whenever you wake up (day shift or night shift nurses), as you go through your morning routine, think (and if you can, state aloud) what you’re grateful for. I’m sure many of you have heard of gratitude rituals, but here’s a new twist. To actually have the gratitude impact the rest of your day, you also need to add on how it makes you feel. So your morning gratitude ritual would go something like this: I’m grateful for (fill in your blank) because it makes me feel (a positive feeling). The more you can attach a feeling to the gratitude, the better. You raise your vibration and protect yourself from negative energies.
- Create a personal mantra. A mantra is an affirmation or an intention that you can repeat silently to yourself whenever the going gets tough. One of my favorites is I am open to receive whatever I need in this moment. This allows me to let go of attachment to what I think’ needs to happen and allow whatever is best to occur. Any time a Debbie Downer’ comes your way, you can pause- inhale and exhale- and repeat your mantra to yourself. An uplifting intention statement can create positive energy in any bad situation.
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