Laurie Rapson

Laurie Rapson

By Laurie Rapson, BSN, RN, RYT, Ambulatory Obstetrics and Caritas Coach

What does wellness mean to you? 

For me, wellness is about balance. I feel well when I have balance between work and play and between time for others and time for myself. Wellness is something I feel needs to be pursued often. If I want to be well, I need to fill my mind, body and spirit with those things that promote it. A healthy diet, regular exercise, some time outdoors, time to appreciate the people in my life and time for quiet and contemplation.

When I am speaking with nurses about wellness, one of the most frequent comments I hear is that they often lack time or energy to do one more thing, even if it’s about their own well-being. I’ll ask you to put yourself first for a bit and place self-care at the top of your daily to-do list. 

The Brigham Caritas Coaches have been tasked with identifying resources to support wellness. You’ll be hearing more from our newly formed Wellness committee in the weeks to come. In the meantime, I offer a few resources that might get you thinking.

Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation –  http://www.healthynursehealthynation.org/en/about/about-the-hnhn-gc/

National Wellness Institute – https://www.nationalwellness.org/page/Six_Dimensions

Greater Boston Nursing Collective –  https://greaterbostonnursing.org/

Watson Caring Science Institute – https://www.watsoncaringscience.org/