Busy week? I know what that feels like. You would have laughed at me today had you seen me pulling my hair out at the hospital, trying to laugh off the stress. I’m learning that laughter might really be the only way. And realizing that you can only do your best -I’m learning this obviously as I’m still trying to be super woman – so I’m still learning.
I’m still buddied up with another nurse, not yet on my own. 3 more shifts to go though. I’m feeling so overwhelmed. Nursing is tough! I said this outloud today as I was receiving another new admission, “how am I going to ever do this on my own??!” And the answer from more than one nurse near by, “You never really are on your own. We’re all in this together”. How awesome is that. Reasurrance. They even laughed at how corny and Disney-ish it sounded, but it’s what I needed to hear. And it was the truth. The reason why so many people stay for years on the unit I work on? The consistent answer: the people. ‘I stay because of the people’. What a great unit I have landed on. Scary, super busy and crazy at times, but great great people. Tons of learning and even more laughing. Laughter really is the best medicine. Not just for the ones needing the care, but those providing it too. Even for patients just listening to the light-heartedness of a laugh can help bring a smile to their day, making their time spent in a blue gown just a little bit better. Laughter is definitely healing.
Any who, I find what helps me through a busy week is to meal prep. Cut ahead. Cook ahead. Jut making your fridge full and happy helps for a jam-packed, busy week. Here’s a curry dish I made last night which is going to last me all week (thanks to my step-mom for this one – she’s always passing on yummy dishes). Super easy and inexpensive too. So good! Click here for the link!
Every day is a gift, that’s why we call it the present. Tomorrow morning when you wake up, try saying the words “THANK YOU” before even stepping out of bed. Maybe continue saying these words as you walk around your kitchen and get your day started. We are so fortunate to have another day. Some people don’t have this gift. So be grateful! :)
Smile with your heart!