If you have not yet found the time to reflect on where you are now and where you want to be in 2019, it’s time to stop and do just that.
An important, but often overlooked aspect of maintaining joy and fulfilment from your work is self-care and investing in your own wellness. Let’s face it, if you are stressed and unwell you are unlikely to be in a frame of mind that sees the beauty in each moment and the difference you are making in the lives of others.
Supporting others can be emotionally draining and during busy periods you can find yourself slipping from a healthy level of wellness. Maintain awareness of your vulnerabilities by checking in with yourself to assess how you are feeling:
Are you feeling isolated?
Are you carrying ‘compassion fatigue’?
Are you stretching your work days longer?
Balancing your career, personal and family life can be a real juggle, but a periodic check in with yourself can help you to step back and identify imbalances that can threaten your mental and physical well-being.
There are a number of useful resources available to help you. So take the time to look around and find some way to support your wellness in the coming year. You could develop a plan with the help of a template from Nurse & Midwife Support, a National support service for nurses and midwives.
Check out these resources:
There are also excellent online tools for a quick emotional wellness assessment. Take a quick barometer check with either of these:
*This tool makes reference to doctors, but it is equally applicable to midwives.