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The North Dakota Nurse - October 2018

The North Dakota Nurse - October

INDEX current resident or THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NORTH DAKOTA NURSES ASSOCIATION Sent to all North Dakota Nurses courtesy of the North Dakota Nurses Association (NDNA). Receiving this newsletter does not mean that you are a member of NDNA. To join please go to and click on “Join.” Quarterly publication direct mailed to approximately 17,000 RNs and LPNs in North Dakota Vol. 84 • Number 4 October, November, December 2018 NDNA Newly Appointed or Re-Elected Board Members NDNA Member Benefits Page 3 Pages 4-5 2018 Annual Membership Meeting & Fall Conference Page 11 Presort Standard US Postage PAID Permit #14 Princeton, MN 55371 President’s Article Advocate for Yourself Greetings North Dakota Nurses! My last article was ‘The Year of Advocacy.’ Well, because we are all selfless nurses I would bet we are better at advocating for our patients, our friends, our loved ones and everybody else other than ourselves. Am I right? With the holidays all fast approaching I think it is always a good time to shed light on this important subject. For those of you that attended our recent conference you will know we have found it important enough that we have made self-care our annual conference topic. I believe we must be mindful of this all year long, especially during the busiest times such as the holidays. Between shopping, cooking, family, and entertaining it’s easy to understand why people get strained out during the holidays. Before things become too overwhelming this holiday season, take the following information into consideration. Simplify – If you are struggling to keep up with holiday-related activities this year consider delegating some tasks to other family members, limit the number of social events you attend, cut back on the amount of baking you would normally do, or consider a family gift exchange rather than buying gifts for your entire extended family. We must learn our limits and when it is okay to say no or to cut back before we burn out. Prioritize values – Discuss what is important to you and your family. Give priority to things that mean the most and can be accomplished realistically and within your budget and time. Adjust your expectations – We can easily reduce stress by keeping realistic expectations of yourself and others around you. One thing that we have against us now is social media. Social media can add additional stress and expectations when we compare ourselves to others. Understand that although we may envision the holidays as a time for excitement and joy, disappointment and frustration are normal feelings that may arise as well. Lower your expectation of perfection and understand that things happen. Take care of your health – We can all benefit from a healthy diet and regular exercise, which help to alleviate stress. This is one of the things that I am personally passionate about. As a busy working mother of two, I commit to my own health on a regular basis. It is so important to remember I am the only one who will make that commitment and its okay to be selfish for an hour or so a day to get physical exercise or decompress. Exercise is considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function (ADAA, 2018). Another thing for me personally is I am very grateful to be surrounded by loved ones during the holidays. Doing things that are a little more relaxing is a great way to reduce anxiety and depression. Having said that, it is so important to take time for yourself. So, I’m making it a huge priority this Tessa Johnson year to relax and unwind by focusing on my mental health. I encourage you all to find a way this holiday season and ALWAYS to be an advocate for yourself. Be well, we need all of you!!! ADAA. (2018, September 18). Physical Activity Reduces Stress. Retrieved September 18, 2018, from https://