Thanks everyone, RN over 5 years, in healthcare almost 10. So it's not that I don't expect this stuff to happen, or that I'm not used to it. I'm generally able to maintain a good balance between what "should" be done in my mind and what "can" be done in reality. And I'm REALLY learning to take my breaks. All my breaks, every day, and wow, am I liking that! Helps that I'm on a unit now that actually strives to have ok staffing. And in fact, my job is now actually pretty great most of the time, reasonable staffing, and lately I've had good patients. In fact, that was a bit of my meltdown, all the stupidity of the day was happening to REALLY nice people. And I was just so powerless to stop it. The enough rest thing is good advice. It's just so hard, but I'm just going to HAVE to do it. The other day with my melt down, I was even watching myself, trying to make sure I took my breaks and such because I knew I hadn't gotten enough rest. So I'll just have to "just do it" and start getting more sleep, whatever that takes. And antidepressants, already on them
, and they're working pretty good, but it may be time to look at a dose change.
So anybody have some sort of quick fix? Something that in the moment, I can do to flip the switch back? Because it comes on, and trying to stop it just seems to make it worse.