How do YOU keep sane? - page 4

Okay, we've won the genetic lottery that lets us be just SO good at solving other people's problems. We work insane hours, the work is so emotional draining that we often bring home emotional... Read More

  1. by   RNinICU
    Family, and having a life outside of work are very important. I love to read, mostly sci-fi and fantasy, and we go out to dinner and a movie at least twice a month. Lots of exercise, and when I really need cheering up, I put on some loud music, preferably oldies, and dance like a fool. Rock and roll can be very therapeutic.
  2. by   rondafan
    How I do I stay sane? I work like Hell (45 + hours a week) all year long & let Uncle Sam take a little extra a pay check. Then when I get my income tax check I take a week off & go to some exotic beach. So far only Jamaica, & Cancun but it really works to be pampered if only for a week at an all inclusive resort. This year we decided to go around Thanksgiving & spend it out of the country with just hubby & kids. Jamica was so good for my soul. I think their national motto is NO WORRIES MON!
  3. by   Cherry Soda
    It's very hard to remain sane when you are a nurse.

    I try not to think about work until I'm physically there. But it is hard....

    When I work two nights in a row, I dream about work and never feel refreshed!


    I love to read, surf the 'net and listen to music. Music saves me. Laughing with friends helps. My fiance is a doll and we have a lot of fun together.

  4. by   BLCaldwell
    After 37 years as an RN I've decided that it helps to be a little bit off of plumb in order to enjoy what you do.... Only in nursing if you get fed up and want to take this job and stuff it can you change speeds and not have to start over. For example, tired of med-surg? Try ER... Tired of ICU... Try agency. Tired of hospital? Try Clinic. Tired of snow... head to the south! Tired of the sun? NEVER! When it really gets to the point where you have been there and done that. You frequently get told that you are over qualified... The worst....your coffee cup collection numbers over 200 and the far bathroom wall is covered in old licenses from various and sundry places... Do you boldly go where few venture??? WELCOME... to psychiatry. Where everyone is neurotic, it' s when they get psychotic that you worry... Have to figure out who is whom---- do they have a bracelet or a set of keys? Hmmmmmmmmm

    To keep sane sometimes it just takes putting some distance, literally or figuratively, into your perspective. Can I change it? Will it change me? If I ain't part of the solution- am I part of the problem? If it ain't mine, I refuse to own it....
  5. by   James Huffman
    I work out of a home office, and my clients know it's OK to call me at (almost) any hour. I've done this for a long time, and I'm used to the inevitable phone calls at crazy times, and on what everyone thinks is a holiday. (Two business calls today, July 4th, for example). I basically work 6 days a week, and don't take a lot of time off.

    So how do I keep sane? For the most part, I think keeping sane starts with doing something you want to do, the way you want to. But when everything starts to get to me ...

    1. There's nothing like a long walk. (My "walks" are usually more of what other people would call hikes, but that's another question).

    2. Vegging out on some mindless TV works too. I seldom watch TV, so occasionally give myself a treat. CMT, MTV, or BET music videos can work wonders.

    3. Perhaps better is a movie in a theater, where the phone won't ring. (I leave my pager at home).

    4. But finally a few minutes of pondering why I work: I think about my wife and children, who are long-suffering with me, put up with my opinionated ways, and generally tolerant of my occasional need to be alone. That makes it worth it.

    Jim Huffman
  6. by   goldawgz
    I chant "FRIDAYFRIDAYFRIDAY!!!!" I work in an office for an Internal Med doc, and our off day is Friday----It makes the tyrant's undiagnosed bipolar sociopath narcisstic disorder much easier to tolerate!!!!!!!!!HA!
  7. by   Lisamrod
    To stay sane I try to find the positive side to things... and laughter! Of course there's always the occasionally "vent" to a friend or that one patient that you pray for a shed a tear for.
  8. by   Marj Griggs
    It was Paxil for me--I was finally able to taper off after 1)retirement 2) lumpectomy 3) radiation therapy, and 4) a year in remission. I would have started the taper earlier, but....
  9. by   thisnurse
    ok since you asked me real nice ill tell you my secret at no charge...i have long ago lost my sanity. i am so utterly insane i now look sane. i smile a lot .
  10. by   amy
    Hot, steamy, animalistic, swinging-from-the-chandeliers, make-your-mother-blush, make-your-mother-in-law-wish-she-had-a-voodoo-doll-with-unlimited-supply- of-needles, sweaty, like you haven't had it years sex. Any questions?
  11. by   adrienurse
    OOOOh! How do I get me some of that?:roll :roll :roll
  12. by   alwaysthere
    sane? please refer to the above user text.

    actually, i write some, i read more, i exercise and do a lot of creative thinking. It helps, sometimes.
  13. by   mario_ragucci
    A healthy feedback.sys keeps me happy. What I mean is my own, on-board analytical abilities. There is not much that leaves my eyes unmoved, so, as long as I make mental antigens to harmful emotions, I can see things the way they are best seen for me.

    W/o question, keeps me sane as well.

    Diet, you get out what you put in. 'Nuff said.

    Exercise everyday, and have those important dreams.

    Stay single until you really know it's right!

    Understand the cosmos, and understand nuclear science and think of them both at the same time when you feel confused.

    Don't (even attempt) to sit down in front of a TV. Think about it.

    try to think of 10 things that are going on metabolically inside your body when you are under stress.

    And, when things get really confusing...I listen to Nirvana, understand the lyrics, and smile. Something about Nirvana music makes me feel good. So strange. I'm sorry :-(