How does everyone wind down after work?

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by RN1982 RN1982 Member Nurse

Specializes in ICU/Critical Care.

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shellsgogreen

shellsgogreen

Specializes in ICU. 328 Posts

reading usually works for me - very relaxing :sleep:

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery. 17 Articles; 5,259 Posts

I don't listen to any music on the way home; gives my brain a chance to process work stuff. Hot hot shower to relax. Dark room and white noise, and I'm in lalaland.

Cindy-san

Cindy-san

Specializes in CCU & CTICU. 189 Posts

Falling asleep has no longer been a problem since I've started working. Well, scratch that, now I fall asleep in classes. Can't sit still for too long anymore. T_T :zzzzz

I like to surf the net (& this site) after work before hitting the hay.

OC_An Khe

OC_An Khe

Specializes in Critical Care,Recovery, ED. Has 40 years experience. 1,018 Posts

In addition to the above mentions of ETOH and sex, I find Tai Chi and sometimes yoga reduce the stress so the former become more enjoyable.

Dalzac

Dalzac, LPN, LVN, RN

Specializes in CCU,ICU,ER retired. 697 Posts

20 yrs ago I would drink a bottle of wine. And after I went to drug and alchohol rehab I would go to aa meetings But the last few yrs I worked I would watched mindless cartoons. worked every time cuz I didn't have to think about them.

locolorenzo22

locolorenzo22, BSN, RN

Specializes in Ortho, Neuro, Detox, Tele. 1 Article; 2,396 Posts

I usually just get on the internet, do my computer stuff, and maybe have a beer or something....

also, i find myself working on chapters in my novel(still wAYYY off from being finished) or working on my performance poetry....writing songs, doing something creative. Helps me feel like I've done something, before going to bed.

If it's been a BADDD shift, I write a letter I have no intention of posting or mailing...and delete it. Helps to get it off my mind...

oh, yeah....and sex is good too......

mpccrn

mpccrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 30 years experience. 527 Posts

somewhere during the bad shift i promise myself a "mike's" when i get home. i talk to myself on the way home if the day was really bad. usually by the time i get home, mike's isn't needed and i have morphed from nurse to mom. if not, mike it is.....still troubled? hot and heavy sex! :smokin:

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health. 7,984 Posts

LOL...usually, I am hanging out here to wind down. However, I'm trying to do other things, such as working out on my treadmill (I'm starting off at about 15 minutes 3 days a week and will increase biweekly to 1/2 hour 5 days a week), showering afterwards, then listening to relaxing metaphysical or R&B music. And, a good book to boot. I know what you mean, though. It's a vicious cycle that does not change...by the time you get tired, there is not enough hours to get good, sound sleep.

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health. 7,984 Posts

I usually just get on the internet, do my computer stuff, and maybe have a beer or something....

also, i find myself working on chapters in my novel(still wAYYY off from being finished) or working on my performance poetry....writing songs, doing something creative. Helps me feel like I've done something, before going to bed.

If it's been a BADDD shift, I write a letter I have no intention of posting or mailing...and delete it. Helps to get it off my mind...

oh, yeah....and sex is good too......

:yeah::yeah:To sex! My husband created a computer game where I have a picture of the supervisor I hate the most and I use my mouse to shoot holes in it. Wonderful distraction...:devil:

BookwormRN

BookwormRN

Specializes in Med/Surg. 313 Posts

Sorry, but sex invigorates me:rolleyes:....So I settle for the TV or a good book in the recliner--I usually fall asleep there before I can get to bed!!

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health. 7,984 Posts

Sorry, but sex invigorates me:rolleyes:....So I settle for the TV or a good book in the recliner--I usually fall asleep there before I can get to bed!!

Which reminds me that I have to start shopping for the best recliner chair for my money to place in the bedroom. I love the ones that are so cozy that you can place blankets and fluff pillows in...

I also tend to put the TV to something that is mindless, like old comedies to induce sleep on occasions and make sure that all the lights are shut off.

AngelfireRN

AngelfireRN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in med-surg, psych, ER, school nurse-CRNP. Has 15 years experience. 2 Articles; 1,288 Posts

At the moment, I am jamming to Kid Rock on my iPod and praying hubby does not decide to have me committed. I guess if I walked in on him dancing in his undies, I'd look at him like he was nutty, too. Lord knows how long he was there before I turned around.

This is a precursor to a hot bath, which the iPod will not be along for. I daresay that broiling myself would not be conducive to relaxation. On the other hand, I have always wanted curly hair.....

A hot bath and a good book do wonders for me. I also cross-stitch, which no one can believe, as hyper as I am.

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