What tricks do you use to make your day more bearable?

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    Y'all probably are going to think I'm insane, but I have to play little mindgames with myself to bear my work environment.

    The first one I do is the percentage game. I make sure to note when I'm 25% done my shift, 50% done my shift, 75% done my shift, etc. For some reason, it makes me feel so much better than "I have nine hours left".

    In order to deal with terribly rude and nasty patients and family members, I pretend I'm acting in a movie script. I'm the role of a person who is extremely kind and gracious. In this movie, nothing angers me or makes me feel like crap. The better I act like nothing bothers me and remain gracious, the more money I will make for my movie. LMAO.

    I know you all definitely think I'm crazy now (and yes, I do have a plan to get out of bedside nursing, hopefully within the next two years) but these tactics really do help me sometimes.
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    Actually, I really like it. I'm currently a student and there are days I am constantly checking my watch to see how much of the day is left (though not so much during my ICU rotation...somehow those days get by me way too fast). My biggest challenge hasn't been families that are rude, but nurses. I have had people try to pass me off to other nurses because "they just don't like students" and were stuck with me and others who have told me that I made a huge mistake becoming a nurse and had nothing pleasant to say about it at all. I am going to try your movie script thing because personally I don't know how to handle a nurse that so blatantly doesn't want to train incoming nurses...

    What's worse, is I have a contract with the hospital I am at and will be working with these people. Thanks for giving me a way to tolerate them
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    I think back to one of the worse, most stressful days I have had and thank GOD its"not as bad as that"
    Also I dont say its a good day. I say a good hour. I think most nurses become stress junkies anyway.:typing
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    i don't think it's crazy at all, i like it i don't have anything to add since i'm still looking for a job but i'm sure i'll be able to relate soon!
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    I have my hourly pay broken down into minutes. So on the really bad days, I can say "Hey, I just got paid xx to put up w/ xyz". It works for me
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    Lately, I've been reminding myself that I'm lucky to have a job to complain about!
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    I think all of these are great ideas! Thank you!
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    Keep telling myself "this too shall pass".
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    this may sound crazy , but i sing a tune ( to myself ) that i like . a song that makes me happy. i also think how lucky i am to have a job, a roof over my head and a family well fed. i count my blessings , all day . i try to think positive and tell myself i can stand it for 12 hours.
    Last edit by ohmeowzer RN on Mar 8, '09
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    Smiling helps me.
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