Holding it together
Dealing with the emotional demands of nursing
Nursing is exhausting. It affects your body, mind and soul, and can leave you completely worn out. It’s one of the most stressful professions, and nurses often burnout.
Have you noticed changes in your sleeping and eating patterns? Do you get headaches often? Do you struggle to remember things or make decisions? Are you tearful, irritable, or angry? Do you have suicidal thoughts? You may be burning out!
Don’t feel like a failure if you aren’t coping 100%. Remember that people who care deeply often struggle like this.
If you’re struggling, take action:
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned that your work or family life are suffering, ask for help. You can call the South African Depression and Anxiety Group on 0800 20 50 26 and speak to a trained counselor.