Financial Wellness

An often-overlooked category of health is the subject of financial wellness. As nurses, we work hard for the money so it’s very important to get the most out of our paychecks. According to a study by Fidelity, more than half of nurses lack confidence in making financial decisions. This is surprising, and not good for our own health because finances can cause stress and anxiety.

My employer offers classes on investing, home ownership, savings, and retirement. This is a great place to start if your employer offers this benefit. Guidance is an important part of financial wellness, and since there are so many products and investments out there, getting educated is a good first step. Sit down with a financial advisor or even your bank representative to discuss your needs when it comes to spending, saving, and investing for the future. Remember, do something today for which your future self will thank you, and you’ll be on the road to financial wellness.

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The Big Sleep

It seems like nothing plays a bigger role in our lives than getting a good nights sleep. When you are getting up at 5 am for a shift, it can seem like a great time to throw your alarm clock across the room. However, studies show that getting a good night’s sleep improves your routine and it can even lead to making more money. 

Develop a few solid sleep habits and go to bed at the same time every night. No sleeping in too much on your days off (but it’s so tempting!) And for the night-shifters: use room-darkening shades and keep the thermostat low. For help falling asleep, don’t rely on red wine and Benadryl, or OTC sleeping aides. Go natural with melatonin or magnesium. There are even breathing exercises to help you fall asleep. What have you tried to get a good night’s sleep?