On any ward I have worked there are constant interruptions by colleagues, students, nurses, relatives and patients. Almost all of their inquiries are legitimate and necessary but the sum of them will drive you crazy!
No moment during which your brain can rest. There is no chance to finish a thought. Not only introverts (like me) are worn down by this chronic noise and try to escape.
Instead of starting to smoke, you should take two minutes at least twice a day and leave the ward. That will achieve the same goal and but improves your health. So start practicing good habits:
- Go for a walk on the campus.
- Drink a bottle of water.
- Have a carrot.
- Call your family.
- Look at the sky.
- Check People.com (I mean: ESPN.com !!!)
But do it in safe distance from your work. You won’t be anymore rested if you try this in the middle of the chaos. So make sure someone else is in charge of emergencies and leave the ward.
You think you don’t have time for a break? Wrong: You don’t have time NOT to take a break!