As some of you may know, trending on twitter throughout August is #Nursesactive, it’s an opportunity for all nurses and student nurses alike to come together and be more active, but why I hear you ask?
Our roles are often tiring and frustrating, with many long days and lots of hard work spent supporting other people. Yet we continue to do it because despite all of this we want to make a difference, we want to care and bring positivity into a person’s life. As nurses we want to be a part of someone’s journey and be that smile that they will remember even in their darkest moments.
So, why is this relevant to #Nursesactive month? Well like I said our commitment to others often means we spend less time and to some degree neglect to look after ourselves as well as we should. To put this to context, let me tell you about my journey and why being active makes me a better student learning disability nurse.
Being active has always been part of my life in some shape or form, from netball, running and to rowing. I’ve always enjoyed being active, but I always felt like there was something missing, that feeling, that buzz I guess. Then two years ago I started on my journey to becoming a Learning Disability Nurse at the University of South Wales and I realised even more how important it was for me to have that something that I could go to, which gave me time to myself and that would keep me active. You see, I also have an underactive thyroid and have done since I was young. Almost every day I wake up tired, some days I find it even harder just to function, to outsiders I might even appear lazy. Although I had done some CrossFit before university it wasn’t until I started at CrossFit Caerphilly earlier this year that I found that buzz. What I love about CrossFit Caerphilly is that I walk in, without fear of judgement, surrounded by so many talented, hardworking and inspiring people I now class as friends. It gives me time to work on my own goals and every day is a challenge that pushes me to be better, stronger and healthier. CrossFit gives me the chance to be strong physically and mentally, yes it is hard and yes it hurts (in a good way!!), but I have found something that gives me life outside of nursing, it shows me that no matter who you are and where you are in your nursing journey, being active can only make it better. Work-Life balance is key.
Where does your journey begin?
Here are some things I have learned along the way that may help your journey to becoming active:
Find something you love to do, something that makes you happy and fills you with excitement everyday
Be active together, find a friend or a community that will support your journey and make you feel good
Set goals, whether it be walking 10,000 steps a day or going to two Zumba classes per week, then commit. Commitment needs change and changes lead to a better, healthier and happier you.
Finally, enjoy yourself, enjoy your journey and share it with your friends, families and colleagues on Twitter to encourage everyone to be more active with #Nursesactive
Lisa-marie Hassall (2nd year student learning disability nurse)
There are still places available to study BSc (hons) Nursing: Learning Disabilities this September, please contact Rachel Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org)