Self-Care Tips for CNAs

Working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) can be physically and mentally taxing. CNAs must prioritize self-care. Otherwise, they are prone to exhaustion and burnout. And the physical and mental toll of working as a CNA can impact your overall well-being.

Self-care is critical to feel and perform your best as a CNA. If you care for yourself, you can maintain a healthy work-life balance. On top of that, you can provide patients with the care they deserve. And you can take pride in your work and continue to achieve your professional and personal goals.

When it comes to self-care for CNAs, there are many things you can do to take care of yourself. These include:


1. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods can make a difference. These foods can give you energy throughout your work day. Plus, they can help you minimize your risk of getting sick.

Ideally, you can pack a lunch and snacks for work that includes a variety of healthy foods. Blueberries and other fruits are great for improving your immune health. Meanwhile, eggs, beans, and chicken are loaded with protein that can help build lean muscle. There are also yogurt and other gut-friendly foods that you can consume that support your digestive system.


2. Develop an Exercise Routine

Exercise lets you release endorphins, i.e. feel-good hormones in the brain. In addition, exercise helps boost your energy level. It can contribute to a positive body image and healthy weight, too.

On average, it helps to engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every day. This activity can come in many forms, including walking, aerobics, or yoga. You can even develop an exercise routine to enjoy with your coworkers, family members, and friends.


3. Get a Good Night’s Rest

Sleep is critical for CNAs. A good night’s rest can enhance your mood and cognitive function. Furthermore, it can help you lower your risk of stress that otherwise makes it difficult to perform your job to the best of your ability.

Try to unwind as much as possible as you get ready for bed. It helps to set up a calm, soothing sleep environment. Also, it can be beneficial to turn off any electronics or anything else that can distract you.

Along with creating a comfortable sleep environment, it helps to go to bed and wake up around the same times every day. Once you have a sleep regimen in place, you can reap its benefits long into the future.


Make the Most of Your Self-Care

If you feel overwhelmed working as a CNA, notify your manager. Next, you and your manager can explore ways to deal with any work issues. You and your manager may be able to develop a self-care plan that also delivers optimal results.

Lastly, if you are open to new CNA career opportunities, BOS Medical Staffing can help you out. To get started, explore our job board or submit your resume below.


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