I am a new grad as well. I'm 7 months into being a nurse on a stepdown unit. And I'm not going to lie. It is starting to burn me out. Do not get me wrong. I have learned quite a bit with the various patients I've had, so I am enjoying the experience. However, the staffing issue is quite bad. I have had to take on 5 patients (normal is 4, 3 if you get drips) recently, and I have been coming home tired and extremely sore. So, my sleep schedule is all over the place. And my eating habits have changed for the worse. I am getting more confident in my abilities, though, so not all is bad.
I have learned to cope during work by taking small 2-5 minute breaks when ever I am extremely anxious or just need to get away from the hecticness of the floor. And before I start my shift, I go to a private area and make a mental plan of how to tackle each task I have to do.
Then, on my days off, I spend time with my friends, and just unwind by playing video games. I also treat myself with some good food. I basically reward myself for progressing as a new nurse, regardless of how it goes. I always tell myself that as long as my patients are breathing and not bleeding, I am satisfied. I may get ran ragged, I may have to endure attitudes from patients, family members, other nurses, etc., but I did the best I could with what I have.