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No motivation, depressed

Specializes in nursing.

I'm a straight A student, I'm literally at the end of my pre-reqs. All I have to do is A&P 2 and Patho 2. But I'm currently in Summer classes right now studying A&P 1 and I've lost it. I'm too lazy to get out of bed. I've maintained 92's on all of my unit exams so far, and now we're on the final unit and I can't bring myself to do anything. The thought of making another set of flashcards for this final unit, will have me frozen, staring at my computer, wanting to cry. I can't seek professional help, because I'm a military spouse and we have orders to move to Italy April 2021, anything I go to the doctor for right now can be flagged and we'd be at risk for losing those orders and not being a good fit for Italy anymore. I keep close with my classmates, some feel the same way, I'll talk to my nurse friends who've already done it, but nothing is sticking - how do I snap out of it?

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

I think the world we live in today has got a lot of us feeling the same way. My self-paced course opened up early prior to the weekend. I worked so hard all weekend that I’ll more than likely be done with the course by the end of the week...way ahead of the month I allowed for it. 

I tried today to finish up, but could not write another word; so I shut down my laptop at lunchtime and forced myself to get outta the house and go for a drive. You have to get out (safely) and free your mind of everything required for a while. I am literally drinking tea and watching Bonanza as I type this (my chosen TV program was hijacked by a presidential press conference; so I immediately changed the channel)...anything to get my mind off the real world.

Go! Get outta the house! Forget the books and the demands of ordinary life for a few hours or even the rest of the day. Drink some tea or your beverage of choice, knowing that there is someone else in this country sharing a glass with you. Start again tomorrow.  ((Hugs))

Do you take "me time"? Is there someone you can talk to that's not a professional where you would get flagged? Have you tried the counseling department at your school or an elderly family member? You need to rest your brain. I put my books down and took a 3 day break, didn't care. I just needed to let my mind be free! Felt much better afterward.

CRNAdreamer

Specializes in nursing.

These are all really amazing suggestions - knowing I'm not the only one is already making a 40% difference right now for me and my numbness. I wish my school was a little more receptive to this stuff, but I'm at a small community college in New Mexico and we can't even get a hold of academic advisors for anything 

Well schedule a movie night, order out, and take a break.

And if you do need therapy, you gotta balance everything out.  Not getting sent to Italy with the military doesn't mean you'll never get to go.  As soon as you're licensed and have 1-2 years of experience, there's travel jobs that work internationally.  If you want to go to Italy, they'll get you there.  Yeah, it'll be a let down for your husband if you have to get help and then can't go, but you have to matter too.  I get that it might be hard.  For some reason people in this country feel that they have this sense of duty towards our military.  They're just normal people.  Your marriage is a normal marriage.  You just move around more than the average family.

Don't be afraid to get help if you think you need it.  You have your whole life to travel, and you're working towards a career that can let you do it for cheap in exchange for working a few months.

20 hours ago, BSNbeDONE said:

Go! Get outta the house! Forget the books and the demands of ordinary life for a few hours or even the rest of the day. Drink some tea or your beverage of choice, knowing that there is someone else in this country sharing a glass with you. Start again tomorrow.  ((Hugs))

^^ This. 

Physical activity, outdoors in nature, is my prescription for everything!  Well, for everyone other than myself of course. But really— is there a forest you could hike in for a few hours?  Can you drive to a river and swim in it?  If what you really need is to “snap out of it,” then you can’t beat getting sweaty, out in nature. 

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