One thing that has always helped me is to just do something really relaxing right before work, to help clear your head and get you ready. I used to try to leave for work early, stop somewhere and get a good cup of coffee, get to work, just sit in my car for at least ten minutes, sip my coffee, and just take good deep breaths.
My current job actually doesn't make me feel this way very often, which is one of the reasons why I feel I must be crazy that I'm leaving it.
Anyway, I digress... something else that used to help me, may sound like the exact opposite of what I said above. =) But, I used to sometimes work out right before work. A *small* workout; maybe thirty minutes walking on the treadmill at a brisk pace. Relaxed me and got those endorphins moving.
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Do any of you guys have this problem? On my first night back on, I feel this overwhelming anxiety and depression before I go into work. Once I'm there, I'm kind of ok. But I hate this feeling. The following nights after the first night are a little better, but I still feel anxious and uncomfortable. I'm a travel nurse and don't really have friends at work, so may be that has something to do with it, but I remember feeling this way even when I was a staff nurse at my old hospital, maybe not as intense.
Anyway do you guys ever feel super anxious and depressed before going into work and what do you do to alleviate this? I work nights on a busy high-acuity cardiothoracic unit with very sick patients. Sigh.