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Handling change at work and avoiding overload

How to maintain emotional balance in a new nursing role or challenging transition
Illustration of a woman shouldering the burden of falling dominoes and struggling to cope with the weight

How to maintain emotional balance in a new nursing role or challenging transition

Last week, I had a meltdown. I don’t mean just a few flaky moments, this was the real thing.

I was struggling with a virus and was overtired and overwhelmed. It felt like everything was spiralling out of control and at the centre of it all was useless little me.

Self-compassion was nowhere to be seen – my inner critic was fully in the driving seat.

What impacts our emotional equilibrium

Thankfully, a few doses of paracetamol and good night’s sleep later, a degree of emotional equilibrium was restored. But this ‘blip’ prompted me to reflect on the previous few months in the hope that I could gain insight into what made me ‘tip over’.

At the end of the summer, I took over

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