School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: The Power of Rest – No More Plate Spinning

Spring break has finally arrived and it came right on time. There are times I feel like the plate spinner on the Ed Sullivan Show. I know, I am really dating myself, but if you know who that was, you know what I mean. For those who may not know, here is a clip. Let’s not be like the plate spinner, it is not sustainable and can all come crashing down!


In our fast-paced, always-on world, it can be easy to feel like we need to be constantly productive and never stop working. However, this mentality can take a toll on our mental and physical health, leading to burnout, stress, and exhaustion. That’s why it’s important to make time for rest and relaxation.

Resting and recharging can help you be more focused, creative, and effective when you return to school. Here are a few reasons why taking a break is essential for your well-being:

  1. Prevents Burnout: When we work too hard without taking a break, we can become burned out, which can lead to feelings of exhaustion, cynicism, and detachment. Taking regular breaks can help prevent burnout and keep us motivated and engaged.

  2. Increases Productivity: It may seem counterintuitive, but taking breaks can actually increase productivity. Studies have shown that taking short breaks throughout the day can help us stay focused and maintain high levels of productivity.

  3. Boosts Creativity: When we’re constantly working and pushing ourselves, it can be difficult to come up with new and innovative ideas. Taking a break and giving our minds a chance to rest can help spark creativity and lead to fresh perspectives.

  4. Improves Physical Health: Rest and relaxation are essential for our physical health as well as our mental health. Getting enough sleep, taking breaks, and practicing self-care can all help boost our immune system and reduce the risk of illness.

So, how can you incorporate more rest and relaxation into your life? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Take Regular Breaks: Make sure to take regular breaks throughout the day. Get up and stretch, go for a walk, or take a few minutes to practice deep breathing. Make sure you TAKE YOUR LUNCH!

  2. Set Boundaries: It’s important to set boundaries and make time for rest and relaxation. Try to disconnect from work emails and notifications during your time off, and prioritize self-care activities like exercise, reading, or spending time with loved ones.

  3. Prioritize Sleep: Getting enough sleep is essential for our well-being. Make sure to prioritize sleep by sticking to a regular sleep schedule and creating a relaxing bedtime routine.

Taking a break is essential for our mental and physical health. By prioritizing rest and relaxation, we can counteract burnout, increase productivity, boost creativity, and improve our overall well-being. So, the next time you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, remember the power of rest and take a break. And please, remember the plate spinner!


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