Do you take good care of yourself?
What you stock (or don’t stock) in your workbag is a good indicator of where you stand on your self-care-meter. Think of your workbag as a wellness reservoir. One to draw from when you need a little boost, a moment of calm, or a way to let go of the days stressors. Here are Scrubbed In’s 8 picks for the nurse’s workbag essentials.
1. Oral Care Toothpicks
For those times when you need a quick breath pick-me-up but don’t want the hassle of carrying a toothbrush and toothpaste or don’t have the time to floss. These toothpicks are purportedly designed to have flexibility and the shape that allows to remove food and plaque from between teeth, while massaging the gums.
2. Aromatherapy OilsRelease from Young Living Essential Oil Blend
Letting go of everything that happens during an intense 12-hour shift is an ongoing challenge. Help yourself along with a personal aromatherapy intervention. This oil blend, called Release from Young Living, is a blend of ylang ylang, lavandin, geranium, sandalwood and blue tansy. It’s designed to release anger, frustration and negative emotions, as well as promote balance and well-being.
3. A Small Journal
Daily journaling is a stress-management practice that not only is inexpensive but easily implemented in short amounts of time. At just 3.5×5.5, or the size of a postcard, this Moleskine Cashier journal takes up virtually no space or weight in your bag. At the end of your day, shed some of your experience into your journal, instead of carrying it on your shoulders. Write about your favorite or most trying patient experience that day or identify as many feelings that you experienced as you can. Or simply write about that for which you’re grateful. It doesn’t have to be more than a sentence or thought.
4. Lip Balm
That dry temperature controlled air can do a number on your lips. Don’t forget to keep a great lip balm in your workbag. Eos lip balm boasts that it’s petrolatum-free and paraben-free. Available ieos lip balm
n fun flavors like vanilla mint, honeysuckle honeydew and coconut milk.
5. Healthy Travel Snacks
Nuts, dried fruit, an apple, a banana — keeping one of these easy to grab snacks in your work bag for the drive home will take the edge off of that long day’s hunger and help prevent you from tearing through the fridge when you get home.
6. Skin Cleansing WipesCetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths are mild, fragrance-free cleansing wipes that are perfect for removing the day’s grime from your weary face. That way, if you fall asleep on the couch when you get home, you’ve already got skin care covered.
7. Organic Peppermint Tea
Fixing a quick cup of peppermint tea to sip on during the ride home is a healthy indulgence that will rejuvenate you without keeping you up all night (or up all day, for you night shifters!).Moments of Mindfulness: Daily Inspiration
8. An Inspiring Read
For brief, daily inspiration, check in with Thich Naht Hanh’s Moments of Mindfulness. Read one at the beginning of your shift, glance at it once or twice throughout, then take a final peek before you journey home. See if it helps you approach the stressors of work with a more balanced mindset.