The school year is well underway, and with that comes the stressors and pressures from juggling so many competing needs, including our own! Many school nurses are simultaneously taking care of hundreds (or thousands) of students as well as our own families, including multiple generations. When I stop and think about all of the layers of responsibilities on our shoulders, I have to admit, it can be overwhelming! One key may be to find ways to cultivate self-compassion!
Self-compassion is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, particularly for those in demanding professions like school nursing. Our role is vital, but/and it can be emotionally and physically demanding. Practicing self-compassion can help us manage stress, prevent burnout, and improve our overall health and well-being. Here are some strategies to increase our self-compassion: