Pressed for Time? 3 Holiday Tips for the Busy Nurse

holiday-tipsAs a nurse during the holiday season you may find yourself blasted with a double whammy. Not only do you have the typical routines that go along with the holiday season- shopping, holiday parties, and making extra food for family and friends- but you still have to work!

While businesses, schools, and other non healthcare entities shut down for blocks of time towards the end of the year we all know as nurses- the patients keep on coming.

It can be a struggle- and even a major downer- to get all of the things in that we’d like to do, fitting them around our holiday work schedule.

So what’s a nurse to do so that she/he can enjoy the holidays, but still get everything done on time? Here are three suggestions that will hopefully help you enjoy your work, your holiday, and everything in between:

#1 Make it easy on yourself.

Since you’ve got to work, but you’re also probably the one that’s also gotta shop, take it to the internet. I’ve got to be honest with you- I’m not much of a shopper. And while my mother is (and is also afraid of online shopping and getting scammed) our new age of technology makes it so much easier. Don’t put added pressure on yourself by thinking you have to physically head to the stores. With a simple click of a mouse or a ring of a telephone shopping can get done in just minutes of time.

#2 Get creative.

This can be a really fun and easy way to enjoy the holiday time you have outside of work. Instead of shopping online as outlined above, you can create your holiday gifts. Arts and crafts are a great way to spend time with family and friends and the finished products are usually gifts that people will treasure and enjoy for much longer lengths of time. How can you use your talents and skills in a creative way this holiday season?

#3 Let something go.

If work, shopping, food prep, and family has gotten way out of hand be gentle and release any guilt. You’re not superwoman/man. You don’t have to do it all. You can ask for help from family members, neighbors, or friends. And just because everyone else on your block has the biggest and brightest light displays around- that doesn’t mean you have to as well. You’re a nurse for goodness sakes! You’re out there saving lives and impacting healing on a daily basis. Don’t force what doesn’t need to get done. If you can’t get to it all¦ that’s OK. There’s always next year.

Holidays are meant to be enjoyed. Since many nurses have to work the holidays we know we have to treasure the moments we do get at home. Just sit back, smile, and surround yourself with love this holiday season. It will all get done and you’ll be much happier at work when you do allow yourself the time outside of work that you enjoy!