What are your "stressbusters?"

  1. Just curious what those of you already working as nurses do to relieve stress? I'm sure as I go through school I'll need all the help I can get with ways to deal with it. I'm a SAHM now with two teenagers and a three-year-old going through his "terrible twos" late:chuckle , so I could probably use some of these suggestions now!!

    I love to read and do counted cross-stitch, so I try to get as much in as time allows. I'm sure when I start nursing school these habits will probably go by the wayside due to time constraints (studying and all!) so I'm sure I'll need to substitute something else.

    Any ideas?
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   manna
    Exercise? Spirituality (meditation, etc)?

    Spending time in nature usually does it for me (provided the weather is nice). :chuckle

    Good luck, from another super-stressed-out mom and nursing student!
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    When I was in nursing school stress came so very easy to me (family,job you know the deal). I would take my course information document and go to the gun range and blow holes in it..... Now I have somewhat grown up since then , I got mad and stressed at work Sun and just went to wal-mart.
  5. by   emsboss
    Like txs said...I SHOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!...I have a .45 automatic and have been known to shoot over a hundred rounds at a time...If that doesn't work...I have several 12 gauges and a clay pigeon thrower...:hatparty: :Melody: Makes me feel a LOT better!!!!!!!!
  6. by   JBudd
    Hot bubbly jacuzzi in the back yard: best investment I ever made.

    Electric ones stay hot all the time, gas powered has timers for when you want it to be ready. I used to work 3-11s, it would be fired up and ready when I got home at midnight. Shuck the uniform once inside the door and head straight out back, when Orion shifted from the fence to the top of the house it was time to go in.
  7. by   stidget99
    I think that everyone who goes through nursing school strives for that perfect GPA. However, being a single mom, I think one has to "settle" for less than that perfect GPA. It's tough balancing out family, school, and "you" time. Prior to starting the actual nursing classes I was on the dean's list. However, shortly into the first semester, I realized that the goal of maintaining the straight A average was too high. I couldn't give 100% in school and at home. Something had to suffer a little bit. I chose my daughters....they came first and I do not regret the decision. I have the dubious distinction of graduating at the very bottom of my class but I did graduate whereas a lot of others didn't. However, I also passed my boards on first try where others didn't. Today, after 12 years of nursing, I consider myself to be one helluva nurse. Stress busters for me was to take time with my kids so I didn't have the added stress of the guilty feelings associated with not being the 100% mom. Plan some family time every week. Make sure you also pay attention to your kids' needs on a daily basis. Also, make sure you take some time for yourself every day. Even if it is just 5 mins of meditation time before sleep and another 30 minutes when you get up in the morning...set the alarm clock for half hour earlier if necessary. It's a tough road to take but in the end........very much indeed worth the effort.
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Exercise. Get outside and walk or jog. Lift weights.

    steph
  9. by   teeituptom
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    just keep it in the short grass yall

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