How to Make the Most of Your Day Off

How to Make the Most of Your Day Off


Ugh! Finally, you get a day off. Pamper yourself honey, because you deserve it! I know, I know, you’ve accumulated some house chores, you’ve got that dentist appointment scheduled and you need to do your groceries. We nurses know that most of the time, after three back-to-back 12 hour-shifts, it can take us 1 or 2 days to fully recuperate. But we also have to become more productive. So the key is to find balance, even on your days off. So here are some tips to free your mind and help your body shake off the madness of the previous days!

TIP #1: Start With a Nice at Home Facial Mask

My favorite? The Pure Body Naturals Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask for Facial Treatment. This thing is the (you’ll see that expression quite a lot around here!). I’ve been on this mud mask crack for now approximately 6 months, and noticed that my pores have shrunk significantly and I have less blackheads. And, if you’re like me and really like that 100% natural stuff, you’ll be happy about it. This mask is made of deionized water, dead sea mud, kaolin, Shea butter, sunflower oil, aloe Vera juice, vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil, hickory bark extract, calendula oil, xanthan gum. The dead sea mud is a great exfoliant and will help lift off impurities that have accumulated on your face. Shea butter, sunflower and jojoba oils and glycerin are all great moisturizers on their own. It feels like they have some synergistic effects when all combined together in this mask. Being a nurse doesn’t mean you have to look like a zombie 24/7. So start taking care of yourself with that mask, your skin will thank me.

TIP #2: Drink up a Nice Cup of Tea to Decompress

At this point, you’ve got your mask on, you’re checking your emails or you’ve watched a little bit of TV. How about adding a little flavor to your day? Tea or coffee… drink something to decompress. I personally prefer tea. My fave is Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice Tea especially during those cold months. Free of caffeine, the spicy smell of ginger and the flavor of cinnamon, this tea is life! Let it marinate in hot water for a good 15 minutes. The sweetness will be unleashed and you’ll be left to enjoy this amazing hot drink!

TIP #3: Alternate Between Pleasure and Chores

Take some “Me Time” all throughout the day, but don’t slack off on your tasks. If you’re scared of forgetting things, make an informal to-do list that you’ll follow during the day. The key is not to end up at the end of the day with a ton a things to do. You want to finish your last day off with minor things to do.

TIP #4: Eat Before You Go Grocery Shopping

Most of us nurses do our grocery shopping on one of our days off. Having the grocery store isles all to ourselves is somewhat…liberating! So here’s a little tip concerning grocery shopping. It’s a known fact: when you shop on an empty stomach, you tend to buy more and unhealthy food. Some researchers at Cornell University found that eating an apple before grocery shopping led people to buy 25% more fruits and vegetables than those who didn’t. So you know what to do: eat an apple before you go grocery shopping!

TIP #5: Take Some Time To Be Physically Active

I know only a few nurses who actually hit the gym after a 12-hour shift. I personally can’t. When I arrive home, it’s shower time then bedtime. I ain’t got no energy left to go to the gym. I’d die on the treadmill! I know our job keeps us pretty active. When I work a 12-hour shift in the ER, I make on average 1000 steps per day. But on my days off, I always try to do a little bit more: running a 5K, going to the gym, taking a walk. It’s good to change things up a bit, and taking the habit of doing those things, your body will be craving for those exercise sessions!

Hope these tips help someone!

What do you do on your days off?

RN Didi


8 thoughts on “How to Make the Most of Your Day Off

  1. I work in a busy clinic so I know what it’s like to get that much needed rest. On my days off, I go for Yoga, take a hearty breakfast, catch up on my blogging and see my chiropractor.

    I know that sounds like a lot of things to do, but it rewards me positively in terms of emotion and physical which I think is equally as important to rejuvenate a tired soul.

    1. Hi Cathy,

      These are some great ideas! What better way to relax and get rid of accumulated negative emotions than yoga?

      Breakfast is also very important to start the day on the right foot. On the days I work, I only have time for my oatmeal in the morning, sometimes I don’t eat breakfast until my coffee break.

      I know: bad habit…

      That’s why I really make it a point to have a generous healthy breakfast on my days off.

      I don’t think your days off are extremely busy. If it suits you, you should do you! As long as you don’t feel overworked by the end of the day, that’s the key, along with alternating between rewarding/fun stuffs to do and chores/obligated tasks!

      Thanks for your comment my dear!

      RN Didi.

  2. It is really good when you can have some me time and take some time for yourself, The problem is many people do not know how to take time out and just love themselves like we say in the Bahamas, love your self, I believe when we can do this on our days off and as you have suggested it puts you in a better mind frame not to mention getting the rest that you need to be effective when you return to work.

    1. You’re absolutely right Norman!

      Love yourself could have been my “call for action” for this site, because it resumes very well the message of this whole blog site: to learn how to take care and love yourself. It’s really a win-win situation when you think about it… Have you ever realized how much a good rested day puts you into a great mood? And vice versa?….I think we should all invest in some me time…it should be a doctor’s order! =)

      Thanks for stopping by!

      RN Didi

    1. Oui vraiment! C’est dur de se rappeler de prendre soin de soi au quotidien. Très souvent c’est quand la fatigue est à son point culminant qu’on décide de se reposer ou de prendre du temps pour nous-mêmes. Mais si on veut faire ce métier pendant longtemps, il nous faut apprendre à mettre du “me time” de coté et ce, quotidiennement.

      Merci d’avoir visité le site Michi!
      RN Didi

  3. What a great idea to pamper yourself on your day off, even if you get a few jobs done in between the pampering. Love the idea of a face mask, the one you recommend sounds lovely, a nice cup of tea and some exercise too. Time to unwind and relax after working hard. Also a good idea to eat something before going grocery shopping, saves you buying too many impulse buys because you are hungry.

    1. Yass Angela!

      You got that right… when you get a day off, you’ve got to balance things and make sure you get some “me time” to feel rested but also get a couple of things done, so that your day doesn’t feel worthless!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back anytime!


      RN Didi

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