Tired? Stressed? Had enough?
Feel like a failure or like you’ve made a big mistake? Too much work and no play?
This could be a case of the mid-season blues!
Okay so there isn’t anything technically proven about mid-season blues but I bet nearly everyone has felt it at some point in their journey.
I used to be a holiday rep and every season there would be an almost mass exodus of reps half way through the summer as they were mainly homesick, fed up of long hours and most were feeling pressure as the main summer had kicked in and it was busy!!!
I noticed the same thing in the nursing degree course. It would hit everyone at different points in the course however, but the feelings seemed to be the same.
People felt down and fed up (mainly in second year if I’m honest as the end just seems so far away).
If you find yourself feeling this way, don’t worry! It’s not just you – you are not alone.
It seems this feeling is perfectly normal and any lack of motivation right now could affect your judgement on if this course is really right for you.
Please don’t make any rash decisions. Talk to your family and friends. Talk to your peers and tutors and discuss your feelings with them before you decide anything.
You will more than likely come out the other side and carry on with your degree with great success. Yes there will be some who do realise that now is not the right time for them, and that is ok too. No one will judge you and you shouldn’t judge yourself either. Tough decisions aren’t called tough decisions for no reason!
I sit here now in my final year that last placement and sign off is getting closer and closer! Yet I remember my friends and I, all experiencing the mid-season blues. We helped and encouraged each other through it. Providing moral support in words and tissues for the tears when they came! But, we made it and I for one have never felt prouder of myself for staying the distance!!
A good moan can do you wonders, a few beers with friends, a weekend off the study. Whatever it is you need, just have that break and look forwards and reflect with fresh eyes. You’ll soon find yourself job hunting and thinking where did the time go –I did!
Go for it – You can do this! – brush those mid-season blues to one side and get your head back on track to becoming the awesome nurse you will be!