Cliché title? Maybe… Ok, fine; definitely! But that’s ok. This post is all about said cliché, as basic as that may sound. Picture this- It’s New Year’s Eve the world over, and as the clock strikes twelve in each respective time zone, champagne bottles POP as people toast to a better and brighter future. And yes, this scene repeats itself year after year. In fact, it’s quite fascinating what the opportunity to start anew does to the human population. It gives people an incredible drive; a ‘can do’ attitude that even the greatest naysayer can’t temper. But the high tends to last for about a week, on average; a month, if you’re one of those really determined ones. And then… nothing. Exercise routines are cast aside in favor of Netflix, diets in favor of Cinnabon- you get my drift here, don’t you?
The thing is, ‘New Year, New You,’ doesn’t have to mean major change as in literally a ‘new you.’ It can simply mean taking back bits and pieces of yourself that somehow fell through the cracks of your job, relationship etc. I’m going to quit the ambiguity here and get straight to the point. Chances are if you’re on this page you’re a nurse or another member of the medical profession. You give selflessly day in and day out to the point that you may have lost a bit of yourself. This year, though, you’re going to take that back by making small New Year’s resolutions that’ll have a tremendous impact on your overall quality of life.
1. I will make sure to eat lunch every shift and take my break.
2. I will not go a whole shift without using the facilities.
3. I will not commit to any overtime that I do not feel up to.
4. I will assert myself if family members resort to bullying.
5. I will treat myself to a brand new medical scrubs wardrobe that suits my personal taste and style.
7. I will make the time to visit my doctor and ensure that I am healthy.
8. I will call in when I am sick, no matter how guilty I feel about it.
9. I will do everything I can to find a new job, if I am unhappy in the one I am in now.
10. I will make every effort to change specialties if I am bored of the one I’m in now.
11. I will make every effort to get on a shift that works for my life.
12. I will finally pursue a hobby outside of work that fulfills me.
I can go on. That’s the honest to goodness truth. But I think I’ve made my point and given you enough food for thought. By adopting just one of these ‘resolutions,’ you’ll be giving yourself a whole new lease on life. I promise. Cheers to the New Year and be sure to sound off in the comments below on how it all goes!