How to Beat Nurse Depression

Many nurses came into this career because they had a deep drive to help people. This ambition can make some of the best nurses. However, when nurses throw themselves too deeply into the job, it can cause burnout and depression.

Let’s face it: nursing is one of the most difficult careers a person can have. It’s no wonder that nurses are prone to depression. However, it can also be one of the most rewarding occupations in the world if you learn how to take care of yourself.

The problem is, you cannot pour from an empty cup. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, it will be difficult to take care of patients. If you’re struggling with nurse depression, here are a few ways you can help yourself.

Switch Environments

Nurses don’t have to work in hospitals. If you’re feeling burned out by your current job, consider homecare or nurse staffing agencies. You can try out different settings until you find something that sparks the love of nursing that led you to this career to begin with.

Practice Self-Care

Nurses tend to be people who give and give until there is nothing left. If that sounds like you, make a conscious effort to take care of yourself. If you need to take an hour every day to yourself, do it. You can read, take a bath, exercise, or anything else that makes you happy.

Consider Therapy

Nurses can tend to shy away from getting medical attention. They think they can do it all themselves. After all, that’s often the case. However, when it comes to your mental health, you may need to reach out for help.

There is no shame in seeing a therapist or taking mental health medications. You do not need to go through this alone. There are medical professionals that dedicate themselves to helping people just like you.

At NurseCore, we care deeply about the health and safety of our nurses. If you need help, please take one or all of these approaches.

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