It was a difficult shift. Again. I suppose I should stop expecting it to be otherwise. I finished my charting, and went home. Despite how nursing would like to swallow me up, there is a world outside. So I wished my father a happy birthday (I wish I was down there to celebrate with him…that’s another problem). At 10am I had an appointment with my nursing advisor. If anyone is in doubt about the importance of a BSN, let me add my voice to the chorus of those who advocate the BSN. Yes, it’s important. Without it, you’re working with about half the tools in the available toolbox. One can get along without it, but why reinvent the wheel? Clearly experience can supply most of the needed information, but I’m impatient. I want to learn it now.
I may describe my course load in another post, if anyone is interested. Right now, I want to talk about stress relief. I had gotten off the phone with my extremely kind nursing advisor, and was wondering why in the world I should go deeper into a field in which stress is pretty much a daily problem.
So what is stress relief? Whatever gets you back to yourself, I suppose. I like to run, when I get the chance. I also like to garden, and I like to knit (hence the name of this blog). When I have friends around I like to play Warhammer 40k. And drink whiskey.
But something I do everyday, pretty much without fail is pray. I’m Catholic, so my devotions are pretty much those of your average Catholic. I say my rosary, maybe the Divine Mercy chaplet if I’m feeling ambitious. But what I do, when the pressure gets too intense, is meditate. It’s like a light switch I can flip on in my brain.
Meditation is different for everybody, and there are many different religions that tout its benefits, so I am only presenting a way that works for me. There are even times I’ve done it at work. First of all, I am a third level Reiki practitioner. Because I have such a hectic schedule, I usually only do Reiki on myself or on my kids. If you want to learn Reiki, it takes a teacher (Also take a least a day off, because Reiki does reset your system, and you need a while to adjust. I ended up spending a lot of time outside after the first attunement.) And we can discuss the argument between whether Reiki is a religion (it isn’t) or you are betraying your religion (you aren’t). Anyway, so if you see me shut my eyes, and take a deep breath, I am probably doing Reiki. For me, right now, it takes three words, and 5 seconds.
I recommend meditation to everybody. Whether you do it off St. John of the Cross (which I have done) or Lectio Divina (do that too) or you get somebody to teach you Reiki (I suggest Barbara Carlton), I recommend meditation. There is far too much stress in nursing and in CNA work, and if you don’t figure out a way to let off steam, you may explode.
That would be messy. Badness (as one of my nursing profs would say).
Peace be with you.