Me Day

  1. I have seen a great suggestion by one of the posters on this board to take a "Me Day." I have decided to try this this semester. Even though I will be working 3 days a week and attending school 4 days a week, I think I need this to keep from getting physically and emoitionally burnt out. So my question is:
    What do you guys do on your Me Day? Do you feel it helps you and do you have a difficult time keeping your mind off your studies and on yourself? I'm afraid that I'll feel guilty for doing this but know that it is much needed. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.
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  3. by   Berta
    Haven't had a me day in quite a long time. The best me day I had was about 4 years ago. I got on the ferry and went by myself to Martha's vineyard for the day. I loved it. I poked in the shops for as little or as long as I wanted. I sat in the common for a while eating an ice cream and watching the other tourist. Then I got on the bus and went site seeing. Ate supper at a real fancy resturant overlooking to ocean. It was awesome! I think I am about due for another one.

    It reminded me that I needed to do something for myself. I planned it at a time when it wouldn't conflict with my schedule. It certainly made things seems much better afterwards. It recharged my batteries.
    Last edit by Berta on Jul 31, '03
  4. by   essarge
    A "me" day is a very important part of your journey into nursing. I sometimes just take a day and go to the state park for a walk, or take in a movie, or sometimes just putter around the house or the yard. Anything that you want to do that has NOTHING to do with school is ok. And that is the rule of a "me" day. NOTHING to do with school. Have fun with it!!
  5. by   srose
    I love the Me Day idea, but I also make sure little bits of each day are "mine." It's usually something small, like getting a frappucino after taking a test, or spending ten minutes reading a book for pleasure rather than a text book, or even scheduling myself 30 mins to watch a silly tv show. I make sure I do something each day just for myself, no matter how small or silly.
  6. by   FutureNurse2005
    this is what I have been doing:

    *sleeping in!!!
    *having breakfast in bed (hubby makes it )
    *have a nice, long, hot bubble bath with candles and music
    *go see a movie/go shopping/go to the gym/whatever
    *have a date night with hubby or a family dinner at our favorite restaurant

    I like to include my family sometimes, because they are a wonderful part of my life But, I also get plenty of alone time as well.

    Enjoy your time!!
  7. by   Mandylpn
    I work on my quilts or a sewing project, that is the most relaxing for me.
  8. by   RN 2005
    Berta! That sounds like the perfect "me day". I am jealous! LOL
  9. by   rnnurse2be
    A me day, I honestly would love to... but dont know if I would stick to it.

    Im the typical mom, wife, employee, and student. Loaded plate, who needs a Me day, but there is so much to do, guilt... that I probably would have a me day, once a month...

    I would:
    Walk...... read a book.... watch a movie...have lunch w/ a friend....

    Clean house...... LOL ( Just being honest)

    Con
  10. by   Mariannsi
    Connie,

    I'm right there with you. But, I've learned one thing - take that "Me" time (day, hour or minutes) and enjoy it. Sometimes we get so caught up in everything we forget ourselves and we should not feel guility about spending "Me" time. Remember: Nursing is a Hollistic field. If we're not intact how can we bring it together for others.

    Good Luck and Enjoy your "Me Time" no matter how long or how often."
    Mariann
  11. by   essarge
    For those of you that are moms and are trying to get a "me" day, perhaps you could team up with another student in the same boat and exchange kids one day per week. Most of the time, kids can pretty much entertain themselves giving you some time for study or whatever else you need to do. That way you would also have a "me" day with no kids etc. Just a suggestion.
  12. by   confused101
    I tried the whole super student thing for about a month. I ended up crying over stupid stuff. Other thing that is harder than trying to have a me day is getting time with your significant other. I was married 2 months before I started nursing school. Boy, do I not recommend that choice to anyone who cares about their sanity.

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