One of the best ways I’ve learned to practice self care while on assignment is by finding time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature through exercise. Although working as a nurse is an extremely rewarding career, there is no doubt that the stress of the hustle and bustle can be wearing. This summer, while on assignment in Victoria with my partner, I had the opportunity to explore the ‘outdoor playground’ that is Vancouver Island. Fortunately, I was able to drive to my assignment in our self converted ambulance camper van, which meant that every day off was a new adventure. A staple activity during our stay in Victoria was surfing and camping at Sombrio Beach. After just a short hour and half drive we would be without cell service and relaxing on the beach waiting to head out into the water for our next surf session. Sombrio beach was the perfect place to practice self care as you find yourself without the distractions of technology and immersed in nature. Our west coast days often ended with beach bonfires and the sound of the ocean. Surfing is one of the best ways I have found that I can practice self care as it’s a form of exercise where you have to truly be present in the moment. When you’re out on the water all of your worries are left on the shore and you can focus on the waves and your body. Paddling out for a sunset surf on a calm late summer evening is a surreal experience. Plus, nothing washes away the stress of the day like catching the perfect wave.
Robyn C., RN