"Even the worst shifts come to end, eventually."
I can't actually remember where I first heard this but it's something I've found myself repeating in my head far more than I'd like to recently.
Work is tough right now. I can't decide whether I absolutely love being a doctor or whether I regret it with every fibre of my being...
This week has been particularly hard. And today was day five of seven. ("You're sixty-five percent of the way though!" my colleague kindly remarked at lunchtime today...)
It was one of those days where I just wanted to come home, feel sorry for myself and head straight to bed, forgetting all about it. But I'm determined not to let bad days at work spoil everything else. It's not all bad.
Don't they say never go to bed on an argument? Well I'm resolving to try not to go to bed in a bad mood either!
So before I'd even got my coat and shoes off, I headed straight to the bathroom to run a hot bath with plenty of bubbles and a couple of candles.
Soothing light, warm water and a scent that relaxes me almost immediately.
Sometimes just telling someone else all your troubles is all it takes to relieve your mind. So I'm always so grateful for my closest friend, the one who I can literally type away to without even pausing to filter what I'm saying. It takes only a matter of a minute or two to get it all out in a message!
Getting organised is something that also makes me feel just generally better about life, so I blasted out some happy music while preparing some breakfast and lunch for tomorrow - two fewer tasks to do in the morning.
And with a healthy lunch and breakfast sitting waiting in the fridge, I decided that I could probably forgo a proper dinner for one night... Because there's nothing quite like two slices of toast with thickly spread Nutella to cheer me up!
In the past I've definitely found myself letting one bad part of the day get the better of me. Nowadays I'm trying much harder to remember that it's not all bad. Sure, some things are out of my control - but that's all the more reason to make good where I can!
What are you favourite ways to de-stress after a difficult day?