Bloggin’ With Nurse Mona
How to look your best when you are feeling your worst.
It’s been 20 plus years since nursing caught my attention, and one fact about nursing that is consistent is that being a nurse is extremely challenging—mentally, physically and spiritually. I thought I would reach out to my readers and share some of my pointers on how to implement self-care. If you are a nurse you know that countless hours are spent on healing others, but we rarely think about how to look our best when we are feeling our worst. For this week’s blog entry we will start with the physical aspect of keeping it together while working in a very challenging career. So let’s chat about the physical!
The physical aspect of being a nurse is extremely important from a patent’s perspective and the perception of our profession stems from how we appear to others. The stigma of nurses being sexy still exists, and “attractive” nurses are more likely to become promoted and recognized by patients as the “good” nurse. While it can be difficult to keep the glitz and glamour in a profession where we may be handling poop, urine, or other bodily fluids, we must maintain our physical persona. Here are some tips that help me to maintain physically.
1. Nourish your skin. Hydrate regularly and consistently with water infused with edibles such as cucumbers, strawberries, and lemons. Drinking this remedy helps to purify the body and remove waste and toxins from the body while promoting a radiant complexion. Try this concoction during your 12-hour shift instead of coffee, which is dehydrating to the body and full of caffeine.
2. Use your favorite products. My favorite products for skin care are Dickinson’s Witch Hazel to use as a toner/cleanser and my favorite tool that I won’t leave home without is the Mia Clarisonic Facial Wand.
3. Another product that keeps a healthy and radiant glow is natural aloe vera gel. This product works miracles on dry skin and is excellent for moisturizing and healing.
4. Use natural products (lemons, lemons, lemons). Lemons internally and externally are god’s miracle drug. From ridding dark spots on the skin to detoxification, lemons are everything to me! There are endless ways you can implement lemons into your self-care regime
5. Get your exercise. Exercise is the key to inner and outer beauty. Try doing some sort of exercise during the week. Nurses, you know why. There’s no explanation needed for this tip!
6. Get plenty of sleep. Do nurses ever sleep? I know with the 12-hour work shift (especially that night shift nurse) lack of sleep can reap havoc on anyone’s complexion. Make sleep a part of your priority because without proper rest you’ll never look your best.
7. Take care of your hands and feet. Since starting a career in nursing, I have noticed that my hands and feet suffer the most on my body. Having soft hands are comforting when shaking patients’ hands. Washing your hands constantly and using alcohol-based products can really make your hands look mature and damaged. Make getting a manicure and pedicure a priority in your budget. For keeping hands soft, mixing lotion with oils are a sure way to keep hands and feet from getting too dry and rough. My favorite product to use is Loccatine Almond Scrub and oil.
8. Keep that appointment with the salon. There is nothing better than seeing a nurse with a fresh haircut or well-maintained hair. If you are wearing the same style that you had when you started as a student nurse 20 years ago then it is time for a makeover. Don’t be scared to try a new color or style to enhance the beautiful you!
9. Keep those choppers fresh and white because a smile is worth millions to an ill patient. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda works wonders to keep teeth white and fresh. This is a must!
10. Beautify your brows. My last beauty tip for this week’s blog is that because eyes are the mirrors to the soul, great eyebrows only enhance them. Try keeping your eyebrows shaped and maintained; you’ll be surprised what a difference freshly arched eyebrows can make.
I can’t wait to share your feedback on helpful beauty tips on how to look your best when you are feeling your worst. Please visit my website or email Nurse Mona!
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