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How to beat the post-holiday blues

After a well-earned summer break, it can be hard to return to the daily nursing demands of early starts and long hours. Health coach Mandy Day-Calder offers advice on how to keep yourself motivated.
Staying motivated

After a well-earned summer break, it can be hard to return to the nursing demands of early starts and long hours. Health coach Mandy Day-Calder offers advice on how to keep yourself motivated.

After your first few shifts and catching up with colleagues, you will usually get back into the swing of working life. But sometimes, especially if you have been nursing for a while and weathered many healthcare storms, you may feel a deeper sense of malaise for your work.

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So what do you do if your lack of motivation is more than a case of the post-holidays blues?

First, don’t be too hard on yourself; nursing is tough and can take its toll mentally, physically and emotionally. Like athletes preparing for the Olympics, it is challenging to keep yourself motivated year after year.

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