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Don’t neglect your mental health – it’s time to be kind to yourself

Nurse training can take its toll, so learn techniques to improve your mood and performance
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Nurse training can take its toll, so learn techniques to improve your mood and performance

Pursuing a career in nursing can involve many challenges and sacrifices, and while growing professionally is exciting and rewarding, nurse training can be mentally difficult at times.

As nursing students, we devote so much of ourselves to others that we sometimes neglect our own needs. I often put others before myself, and although selflessness is a valuable quality, it should not come at the expense of our own mental health and well-being.

Myriad pressures of nurse training can affect mental health

Nurse education programmes can be tough, with many students juggling clinical placements, university work, finances and family life. The long hours, deadlines and lack of a social life can soon take their toll on our mental health, exacerbating stress and anxiety issues.

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