How can integrative practices contribute to the self-care of nursing professionals?

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As a nursing professional, it is very likely that you have already felt overwhelmed with work, depressed, with physical and mental health problems, being overweight, and unhealthy eating habits. You may have had a back injury, poor morale, or poor job satisfaction. Such situations are unfortunately common and have been described in recent research.

But it is not enough for us to know what is negative without doing anything. And for thorns to become flowers and for us to have restorative and lasting changes, self-care is the key to our health. Through this, we realize that we, and not just work, are a priority, and that we deserve constructive care that promotes our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. And how do you achieve that balance?

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According to the theorist Dorothea Orem, self-care is the practice of activities for the well-being and maintenance of one’s life. In addition, we need to use the next level of self-care to be able to effectively change our routine or behavior. Research shows that working less than 40 hours a week is an expression of emotions, physical exercise, participation in support groups, the incorporation of spiritual activities into the work environment, healthy eating, a cognitive-behavioral strategy, and sleep hygiene. health.

In this context, in addition to the practices described, the recommendations for the use of Integrative and Complementary Practices (ICPs) have been studied and consolidated. They are traditional knowledge-based care with different diagnostic and treatment systems. However, they have in common the view of the integration of the body and the intention to solve the cause of the problem, and not only to treat the signs and symptoms of organic and mental imbalance.

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Among PICs, we have found good results in nursing remembrance, meditation, yoga, acupuncture and auricular therapy. Activities like this should be comfortable at first, and then they should be light and juicy to achieve a balance between body, mind, and spirit. Let us therefore remember that in order to care for the other, it is necessary to take care of ourselves, and that integrative practices can be agents of our self-care. And, who knows, in favor of a better life.


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