NEW ASSIGNMENT IN A GREAT LOCALE? ENJOY BY SEPARATING WORK AND PLAY
As a traveling nurse, your favorite job perk may be the ability to choose assignments in fun locations.
While those beautiful and activity-packed locations can offer great advantages, their benefits can go to waste if you’re so mentally entrenched in the demands of your job that you can’t enjoy them. Further, that inability to fully relax may be affecting your health.
The key is your ability to compartmentalize work from play so you can detach from work demands and de-stress when it’s time to relax.
“It’s less the exception and quite the rule for people to obsess about the day or bring their unfinished business home,” writes psychotherapist Maria Baratta in Psychology Today. “What’s worse is spending the evening thinking about what transpired during the work day and thinking about what needs to be done tomorrow.”
How can you avoid that trap? Consider the following tips.
- Unplug. Unless you’re on call, turn off electronic communications from work once you leave the workplace. Avoid checking email or phone messages until just before your next shift.
- Review. Use your commute home to process the work day that’s passed and plan for the next one. Once you get home or reach your next destination, however, give yourself permission to stop thinking about work.
- Reenergize. Schedule a rejuvenating ritual after work each day, and use that time to purposely shed the cares of the day. Everyone is reenergized by different things; your most effective ritual might include a hot shower or bath; power nap; retreat with a good book; long walk; time with friends; soak in a hot tub; yoga session; meditation or workout.
- Maintain perspective. Shed preconceived notions about dedicating your life to your job. No matter how strong your work ethic is, you’ll wear yourself out if you pour your entire heart and soul into your work 24-7. A good rule of thumb? Work hard, play hard, sleep hard.
- Partake. Take time to enjoy the best features of your temporary hometown, maybe even crossing a few things off your bucket list. Who knows when you’ll get another chance?