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I work in an old English country house hotel. It is shitballs scary, as a lot of weeknights im there almost totally alone, and there are more than a few ghost stories. I know my imagination is my own worst enemy. 
How do you stop yourself freaking out in situations like that?

People have been kicking off somewhat as I have had every Saturday night and Sunday morning off for a few weeks now. The other girl I share my job with therefore hasn't been able to go out on Saturday nights. However, i've done the late friday night and early saturday shift, so I don't see why it makes a difference. Would you politely point this out?
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[User Picture]From: jaelle_n_gilla
2013-02-07 12:10 pm (UTC)

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Make friends with the ghosts and make up your own ghost stories. I'm not kidding. It totally helps. They'll call you a nut job if you speak with the armor and call him Sir Gawain but it'll feel better :)

I'd discuss it with the girl who's been doing those shifts. If she'd like to have the occasional Saturday off to go out, and then work Fridays, why don't you two just take turns?

[User Picture]From: starrchilde
2013-02-07 12:58 pm (UTC)

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I do paranormal investigating, so I would totally set up records and try to catch EVPs, etc. :}

For you though, just remember, for the most part, they're just people too. When you come in, acknowledge them - for example, "Hi (name), how's the business today?" Or if they're actually bothering you, tell them that too. "I really like having you here, but what you're doing is scaring me, can you please stop?"

If nothing else, think of them as pets. No different from having a cat playing upstairs and making noise, etc.
[User Picture]From: plasmic_slime
2013-02-07 03:55 pm (UTC)

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What sort of thing do you find when you investigate?
And what i've hear they're not particularly nice people...thats the issue. One guy apparently came out of the bathroom with totally red eyes, looked at his wife and went back in. When he came out he didn't remember it and was totally normal.
[User Picture]From: just_3_euros
2013-02-07 06:11 pm (UTC)

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Yes this. If I get particularly irked I'll just say, "I'm aware you're here, I'm here too. Let's just be here together." and I usually feel alot better.
[User Picture]From: grimalkinrn
2013-02-07 01:28 pm (UTC)

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I live in a 110 year old Victorian house and I performed a cleansing prior to us moving in to make it clear to anything in the home that this was my home now. I had some very frightening paranormal experiences as a child and wanted to be clear if there were anything in the house. I also did the ritual to make the house feel like mine. It smelled like the previous owner's vanilla obsession when I moved in, and burning incense and sage really did change the feel of the house.

I would just ask the other girl if she'd like to switch shifts and work Fridays instead of Saturdays sometimes.
[User Picture]From: mikehz
2013-02-07 05:58 pm (UTC)

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I work (part-time on-call) at one of two possible boiler plants. One is an old brick plant built in 1898 (the boilers and other equipment are only ten years old) that provides steam for heat and cooking to a mental hospital; the other is a newer plant (15 years old) that provides heat to a campus for developmentally challenged people. The older place is scary as all get-out, but it does not bother me, since I have no belief in ghosts. What does concern me is that the building has been condemned by the state, but since it is a state facility and the state is broke, they have no money to replace it. I'm forever afraid that century-old ceiling will cave in.
[User Picture]From: 1wildheart
2013-02-07 08:10 pm (UTC)

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I try to have a little bit of noise--radio or tv--and lots of light.

I used to work a job that was shift work and no one is ever happy, there are always issues and I just tried to live with it.