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How to optimise your health and well-being

Nursing is all about looking after patients and relatives, but if you want a lengthy and rewarding career, you also have to learn how to look after yourself, writes health coach Mandy Day-Calder. 

Nursing is all about looking after patients and relatives, but if you want a lengthy and rewarding career, you also have to learn how to look after yourself, writes health coach Mandy Day-Calder

Settling into student life is exciting, yet it can also be overwhelming for nursing students who have to juggle clinical placements with academic deadlines, and balance these with social, family and financial commitments.

During your studies, you learn how to look after, and support patients and relatives. But nurses are not immune to physical or mental ill-health, and if you want to lay the foundations for a lengthy and rewarding career, you also need to look after yourself.

Identifying personal health

The trick to personal well-being is to recognise what you need to keep yourself as healthy as possible. Don’t fall into the trap of comparing

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