What did you do that was renewing?

  1. Post what you did that renewed you this summer and gave you a new perspective.

    We went camping (you know, to Camp-Sick-alot) but it was away from the phone. Concerns were elemental (surviving the heat), joys were small but significant (pool time) and we came back to the "real world" knowing that it had continued to twirl on its axis just fine without us.

    Another time we camped and there were major thunder boomers. Now tenting in thunder is not recommended (just a little TOO close to nature), but there was that sense of being released from every day problems and dealing with the immediate.
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Rileycat
    This is an interesting post. I think many people do not take time out for themselves...and end up burned out as a result. I recently had an orientation for a new job and this topic came up. The seasoned nurses said that if we (the new employees...mostly new grads) didn't have a way to do renew ourselves during our off time...we wouldn't make it very long in this field.

    I recently took a short vacation with my hubby. It was so nice being able to be with him without having any responsibilities other than having a good time.

    When I don't have the time or money for little trips (which is most of the time), I like to go for long walks or work in the garden. All the thoughts of bills and pressure just seem to subside for a while. I end up feeling better about myself and the world around me.
  4. by   CEN35
    ummmmm went out and got wrecked last night......doesnt feel good today....lol

    we'll see what a long camping/hike does for a few days.

    me
  5. by   hoolahan
    I haven't! Went to Niagara falls, but it has changed a lot since I was last there. So commercialized and crowded, worse than Disney World. Tried to take in the awesomeness of it, but it was not personal with the crowds and heat!

    I renew by getting back to nature. I try ti renew at least once a week, take in a pretty sunset, etc... Yesterday I spent some time petting a sweet little dog, he was soooo lovable. I have to get another dog. I am ready now. I miss that wonderful freindship.

    It's hard for me to renew with my kids around all day. Sounds awful doesn't it, but it's true. I need some quiet time q day. At least this year, since they are older, they have given me a little space by having so many of their own activities. When they are back in school, I will have the time I need to get refreshed.
  6. by   oramar
    I took a cruise on the Grand Princess. For the first time in my life I was bathed in luxury. I have been taking care of others all my life and I desierve this. The best news is after a life time of hard, nose to the grind stone work my husband and I are really starting to enjoy ourselves. There is more to come.
  7. by   ComicRN
    My husband and I recently started going to our meditation/yoga classes again. We were going last fall and then stopped going because our lives got too busy (figure THAT one out!!).

    But, we knew it was time to go again. We go once a week, for an hour and it's wonderful. I also started a new job this week. Making the decision to leave my incredibly stressful job was VERY renewing! I've had a good week at my new job and have good feelings about it for the future.
  8. by   Ted
    My wife and I are very much involved with musical theater. We just recently finished the production of Godspell with our church; she directed and I did the musical direction. We worked with a lot of hard acting high school kids with this show . . . a least a half dozen new to musical theater - first time on stage. It was a pleasure to watch them grow and take command with their roles.

    We took the show "on the road" to three different churches besides our own. The kids had a grand time and performed wonderfully; the band ROCKED ! We all had fun with the travel . . . even going out of state for the first time!!!

    Ted Fiebke
  9. by   Nursz-R-Awsm
    When our schedule allows, my hubby and I are trying to plan some weekend get-aways more often...some cheaper than others.

    I had a massage for first time this summer and will probably try to do this on a regular basis now!

    Working on the yard is therapeutic...when it's not hot as he** out there.

    Sitting with morning coffee while watching hummingbirds, cardinals, mockingbirds, etc. (Hard to do working nights) Also, watching sunrise/set when possible.

    Playing fetch with my 2 dogs.
  10. by   JennieBSN
    Sat in my jacuzzi tub, drinking a white wine spritzer, reading the Sandals brochure in candlelight...we're going in October for a week!! YAY!!
  11. by   moonchild20002000
    The thing that helps me relax the most is to just veg out at the beach. There is just something about the sun,sand,waves that turns me into jello! Planning a few romantic getaways (to the beach) with my husband in a few weeks!!!!!!!
  12. by   Stargazer
    Went to Vegas for a week for my brother's wedding and got to spend some quality time with my parents, sibs, and my new sis-in-law and 3 cute nephews. Since my brothers and I are rarely to be found in the same room together at any given time due to conflicting work schedules (nurse, commercial pilot, firefighter/paramedic, cop), this was a special treat.

    Hooked up with my best friend from high school and caught up on our lives. Also spent the day at the water park with the whole family, including the kids, and had an extremely expensive and decadent meal at Emeril Lagasse's restaurant at the Venetian with one of my bro's and sis-in-law (who is a big fan of Emeril and was hilariously star-struck: "Have you actually MET Emeril? Is he nice?" she kept asking the waitstaff.)

    Doesn't sound like much, but speaking as someone who was only able to take four days of her contracted vacation time last year due to excessive business travel, I was sorely in need of some time away. I feel like a whole new person.
  13. by   fergus51
    Went to Thailand by myself for a month. I find travelling alone to be very relaxing and renewing. It's a time when everything I want I get. I pick the resaurant, I decide where to go, when to get up, etc. Also find that when I travel alone I meet so many interesting people. Especially in Thailand where I didn't exactly blend in (I must look like a Viking to those people). Absolutely LOVED it. Now my relaxation comes from day dreaming about next years trip: Turkey/Syria/Jordan (also alone). The only thing I miss is my dog. Playing with her is my daily renewal.
  14. by   RNforLongTime
    It's been a year since I had an actual vacation. I had scheduled one for the first week of July and my hubby and I were gonna take a small trip somewhere . Well, the head nurse informed me two weeks before I was supposed to go on vacay that I couldn't get my vacation because we were too short staffed on my shift. One other RN(that works my shift) got her vacation request denied also. But the day shifters and nite shifters got their vacation! Instead I was granted a 4 day weekend-which does not constitute a vacation! Am gonna try for a vacay in November! I am starting to get burned out. I work 5 days a week and it's hard to be all peppy and stuff when you are just sick of the "rat race"!

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