Happy Monday! Another summer work weekend in the books for me 🙂 For new readers, my “day” job is a night-shift oncology nurse.
**Sorry for the delay in the post, if you follow BalancedAmes on Facebook you are probably in the loop. My Jeep started smoking from under the hood last night when I arrived to work. I had zero time to deal with it since I didn’t want to be late for work, so I just left the parking ramp and went in. This morning my husband had to come and pick me up, plus we had to figure out the Jeep situation. SO, when I got home…all I could think about was my bed 🙂 It is ironic because on the way to work I was talking to my dad about the blog. He is so supportive and asks tons of questions about it. One thing we discussed was utilizing the scheduled post feature, so the blog would just automatically upload a finished post. He said, that way you could just have a few on board ready to go. This is a great idea in theory and something I’m committed to work toward, but for now…I’ve not been able to get too far ahead on my posts and typically put the final touches on them right before they go up 🙂 It’s the work/life/workingout/blogging/balance thing that I’m continually trying to improve on. **
Since Monday is the day that a lot of people start their work week, I wanted to take a post to talk about work/work attitude balance. Balance just might be my favorite subject of all, hence the name of the blog 😉
First, I had a moment over the weekend where I told Drew…ahhhhhh, I don’t know how long I can do night-shift. Which has to be a phrase echoed by most night-shifters at some point in their life. It’s a hard lifestyle. I place such value on my health (including putting tons of value in sleeping enough and well), that there are times where I ponder if working night-shift aligns with my health values. There are tons of studies on how night-shift negatively impacts health in a host of ways.
Thank goodness for my husband and his pep talks because he made several good points to make me feel better. The truth is when it comes down to it, I really enjoy my job + I work with amazing people + and I love serving the oncology population.
Work stress and/or having some negative thoughts about work from time to time is common. First of all, it is okay to feel this way. I was listening to an interview with a psychologist and she was talking about how it is important to acknowledge our emotions instead of ignoring them. She said, if you are feeling stressed acknowledge it…if a friend called you and was telling you how stressed she felt…would you just ignore her? Of course not, so no reason to suppress or minimize your own feelings or not be kind to yourself.
One thing I try to do is not let is spin into a vacuum of negativity. It is easy to think of 100 reasons why your job is stressful. This may lead you to start idealizing other people’s job, or in my case other people’s schedules.The grass is always greener, probably until you get over there 😉
For me, I have to stop and think about if I really feel the way I’m feeling or if it is situational. This weekend was a great example. Work was crazy. It was beyond busy. That coupled with not sleeping as much as I normally do, definitely impacted my mood about night-shift that particular morning. Although I cannot see myself doing it forever, I can see myself doing it for now 🙂
One thing I try to always do is to think of the positives. I could dwell on everything that is challenging about night-shift, or I could acknowledge all of the things I truly enjoy about it and being a nurse.
What are your work stresses and the best way you guys deal with them?!
I just woke up from the Jeep incident, and all I can think about is going to workout! It is my ultimate stress reliever, so if you don’t use it…you should try it! 🙂 Hope everyone is having a terrific start to their week.