the hour is late.......so how do you destress

  1. k' folks......
    micro postin down......the #'s.........

    when your eight turn into ten to twelves and your twelves turn into fourteens.........or I MIGHT AS WELL MOVE IN!!!!!!!!!

    What do you do to keep your sanity.......?


    just micro postin out......with thought processes that never stop.......as i can not shut down after a night of work........especially when it is hard and also very emotional and brings up lots of moral and ethical issues..........?

    so sorta serious postin here and also being a little flippant......as

    "life is too serious to take so seriously all the time"
    :spin: :spin:
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  2. Poll: this has been asked before, but how do you destress or distress or just chill?

    • just live at work............:-)

      5.56% 1
    • don't give a dang.....but make the $$

      0% 0
    • care with all your heart, soul, and being..........and keep on doing it day after day...............

      22.22% 4
    • give all that you have on the clock, but take time for yourself.............

      72.22% 13
    • do your job, but make others know that you are truly suffering for the cause........"you are part of the working wounded"

      0% 0
    18 Votes
  3. 14 Comments

  4. by   Kimt
    Micro, I live next to a lake and there is nothing more relaxing than the sound of water. How far is that river that you live near? It might be a good start. Destressing I think becomes almost an Art
    in itself. I also do a lot of self-talk on my way out of work, my 'nurses cap' is off most days by the time I hit the parking lot, if I'm lucky. I look forward to hearing how others are coping with the 'destressing' thing.
  5. by   aus nurse
    Woo hooooo micro...only 11 to go!!!!!!!!

    Well in all honesty I could not answer this poll coz after 19 years of nursing I pretty much experience the last 4 options on different days!!!!
    Some days can only be in it for the money but most days give my all. Some days though my work friends sure know i am in dat burn out phase!!!! You gotta do what you gotta do to survive.

    Which really is a sad reflection on the work climate now I think...would love to have been able to answer the number 3 one but had to be honest and things sure aren't what they used to be and I am only human....

    As for destressing I take a very active role in our union here and try to be part of the solution.

    Oh yes and does alcoholism, drug addiction count too....naw just kidding...really I am hehe:chuckle
  6. by   mattsmom81
    Self talk is the best way I know to destress, although it's been hard on me the last 2 years...relaxing and not worrying about EVERYTHING in my world is tough lately. Water is good for me...a nice relaxing, scented bath does wonders (sure miss my pool and spa though)

    As nurses, we do the best we can with what resources we have, and those resources are usually insufficient in our workplace today. We tried our best and must focus on the good that was accomplished, rather than the things we WANTED to accomplish but could not due to those things out of our control. We are human.

    It's NOT OK to keep saying yes to endless hours and wear yourself down spiritually, physically, or emotionally...and many of us get there because we have caring hearts....we are manipulated by that....

    The hospital and your patients will not care if you become one of 'the walking wounded'...believe me...you must care for yourself and set boundaries, protect yourself first.

    Happy Nurses' Week to all the good folks out there!
  7. by   live4today
    I love to whistle while I work, so to speak because I can't whistle at all in the literal sense of the word. I prefer to not worry and be happy (remember that song of long ago...Don't Worry, Be Happy?) :chuckle

    I prefer to make a conscious effort at keeping a happy disposition in spite of my surroundings. Yes, it requires a lot of focus energy to do this, but it's what works best for this old gal. For me, inner contentment in the midst of the storms that come into my life is far more important than stressing out over situations I can't personally do much about. I can only work on myself, and pray for the rest.

    When I lived by the ocean, I spent as much time as possible there because it has such a calming effect on me. Now that I am miles from an ocean, I have a sound machine that has the sound of ocean waves and seagulls on it that I listen to in the quiet and dark of my bedroom with my eyes closed. Ahhhhhhh, so soothing indeed! Lately, making webpages that are family oriented is my favorite pastime and it helps me to destress from the troubles of the day.

    Listening to soothing music helps, dancing and acting silly in my home when I'm alone helps, stretching exercises helps, taking a walk with my dog helps IF the weather isn't too hot and muggy. Drinking a hot cup of herb tea relaxes me. I'm real good at getting "lost in thought" when I need to tune out that which is stressful to me. I take many "minute vacations" in my mind as I tune out the world, and tune into only me.
  8. by   micro
    aus nurse..........

    you rock......yeah, when i made this little ditty poll up.....i could about answer to any of them depending on ..............

    i try to stay to the one that i voted myself on.........

    you are too funny, humour will go far............to survival in this field we do.........

    :spin:

    only 9 left for micro
    Last edit by micro on May 9, '02
  9. by   RNforLongTime
    I find that reading the stuff here on the BB helps me to destress. When I get off work at 7:30, I have a 20 min. drive home so that helps as well plus listening to music to boot!
  10. by   mario_ragucci
    Destress, or decompress.

    If you are under pressure, then you get the bends, and you can go into nitrogen narcosis. You have to decompress slowly, or you will be sick. If you decompres to fast, you blood will literally become toxic and you can die. Always be careful not to go too deep and avoid high pressure situations, unless you have a "decompression bell" on the surface.

    Mario "the idiot"
  11. by   micro
    omg.....the bends............wth is that decompression bell?????


    microin on out.................
  12. by   aus nurse
    Omg now I have this image of us all popping into the staff room for a little time in the decompression bell.......

    Really, where I work we need a portable one to have on at all times.....:chuckle

    A whole new tangent to the nurse's cap...lol
  13. by   micro
    :angryfire


    thought micro would go out with a bang..........
    but in micro style.........a putter, no i meant a sputter, no i meant pewter.....no i mean't gold.......no, actually micro likes silver better

    no what the heck.....micro doesn't care........because micro is micro...........

    and this is post 999.............

    so outta here folks.................

    back in some time in the future or not.................

    micro loves you all.........
    and what a better place to say goodbye.....than in the decompression chamber..................
    with the mirror.........remember miss peggy and romper room for those of us older than dirt...........
    i see VAC, jayna, mario, essarge, sundowner, pkmom 1 & 2, radnurse, this nurse, ted(aka efiebke)xoxo and amy, donmurray.........man of few words........., mattsmom, browns, aimee, HAPPEEWENDY....., CathyWilsonRN, yetiyeti13, agnus, aus nurse, cen35, nightingale, CHEERFULDOOER, 2nd career rn(i will get these smilies down), nurse4kids, duckie, sleepyeyes, semstr, nursedennie, fgr8out, carpedium, and to any other special people that i have met on these these threads............please forgive me if i have forgot to list your name, because i know there are others that have touched me on these threads..........but my memory is poor, as micro is elderly, very very very elderly.............and you know with age.....memory sets in................does not mean i love you any less.......maybe it means that i love you more..........micro is just human.............

    micro outta here.............
    goin' away to sit on mountain in tibet'.....................
    love you all.....................
    but you can all bet that you have not heard the last of micro.................
  14. by   mario_ragucci
    a decompression bell is a pressurized area you can go into in order to decompress. A decompression bell is the only place you can be saved from nitrogen narcosis if you go from high pressure to normal pressure too quick.
  15. by   Sleepyeyes
    OMG! Quick! Get the Calgon and the candles, girls! Mario's brain's on overload!!

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