STRESS!!! Sept 14, 2011 15:24:18 GMT -5
Post by bluepride on Sept 14, 2011 15:24:18 GMT -5
Take A Break!
Take care of yourself by recognizing when you need to step away
Sometimes you just need a break. Stress can creep up on you when you least expect it, and then all of a sudden you’re on the verge of breaking something out of frustration. We’ve all been there. During one of my shifts, I kindly suggested that maybe it was time for my coworker to take a break. I still don’t know exactly what happened to prompt the string of not so professional words that came spewing out like pea soup from my coworker’s mouth. After dodging the darts that nearly took off my head, she took a short walk around the building and came back with a much better attitude.
My agency currently works 12-hour shifts. My supervisors are very good at making sure that everyone gets their breaks in during their tour of duty. They even have it in our SOP’s to make sure that our break and meals times are taken away from the communications center. They know that it’s important for us to disengage ourselves from our work in order to be alert and fresh for our brothers and sisters on the road. It’s so important to be on top of your game in our profession.
On the other hand, I’ve also worked for an agency where staffing was so limited that you were lucky to get a bathroom break—much less a lunch break. Many times I found myself in the bathroom with a portable radio just hoping nothing happened while I pulled up my britches and washed my hands before I went running down the hall back into the radio room, yelling, “I’m here! I’m here!” One shift actually got to hear the toilet flushing as I asked them to “stand by” and forgot to un-key the microphone. Oops. Those were the days! I look back on those years and wonder how we even survived. Oh yeah, now I remember: Slurpees and leftover pizza that patrol would bring us in between calls.
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Wow! How timely is this??!! Just after taking a few Advil to calm my aching head, I ran across this article! Sometimes you just gotta say, "f*ck it!" and take a break from everything and everybody!! And that's what I need to do for the rest of today!!!