The Importance of Self-Care for Changemakers (plus DIY Soothing post-mask Refresh)

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Strength to be the ONE during hard times

If you are anything like me, you love working in the NICU, caring for babies and their families, and feeling like you are making a difference.

The COVID-19 pandemic and adjustments to our usual practice has made our difficult (and rewarding) job more challenging.  These challenges present opportunities to pivot from an old normal to a new normal, and that requires a willingness to accept change.

Even in good times change is hard. But now, change is especially difficult during these trying times. 

  • Are you feeling like rallying staff to focus on quality improvement initiatives may seem like an insurmountable task these days?   
  • Are all of your 2020 project that you had planned on hold? 
  • Are you trying to keep things moving forward and focus on important things like reading programs, improving positioning, or standardizing your aEEG documentation this year? 

Well, as we said, change is hard, even in good times… but don’t worry, we have your back 100%, and this month, we’re focusing on tools and strategies to help you find the Strength to be the ONE – the ONE unstoppable nurse striving for the best in Neuro Nurturing NICU Care.  

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Self-care is critical to reenergizing your mind and body to be a changemaker.  Click To Tweet

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Last month, we shared the results of a national survey of over 15,000 nurses highlighting the stress and burnout that nurses are feeling as we work on the frontlines of this global pandemic.  

To start off our “Strength to be the ONE” series, we want to focus on YOU and provide you with a practical tip to relax you after a long shift and wearing a mask for 13 hours!!

Sometimes, simple acts of self-care can make all the difference in supporting a healthy mind and body.  Check out this recipe from Sarah Bakke below.


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Soothing Post-mask Refresh – DIY Face Wipes

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[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.1″]1. 4 ounce glass jar with leak-proof lid

2. Reusable cloth pads. (Alternatively, you can stack paper towels and cut them into small squares, or throw cotton balls into your jar.)

3. 1 part aloe vera gel to 3 parts witch hazel. Or use facial toner with witch hazel and aloe vera (We love Thayer’s).

4. 5-10 drops each of essential oils to soothe dry, irritated, or itchy skin.

#1. Lavender to soothe irritation and dryness.

#2. Tea Tree to purify and cleanse.

#3. Geranium to promote healthy, clear, glowing skin. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines, while toning and beautifying skin.

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1. In a small bowl, whisk together aloe vera gel, witch hazel, and essential oils until well blended.

2. Stack cloth pads in a glass jar.

3. Pour mixture over cloth pads, replace the lid and allow the liquid to absorb and disperse throughout the entire stack.

4. To use, remove one wipe and use it to soothe and balance the skin after your shift.

Need to buy essential oils to make this recipe?

Click here to buy Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils and create your soothing post-mask refresh today!

Here is a similar DIY recipe for make-up remover wipes that you could modify for your post-shift routine too — Click here.

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