greetings from my kitchen! i’m currently taking a little study break to meal prep for the week and figured it was a good time to stop by and share a little update with y’all.
we’re about 5 weeks into nursing school, and thus far everything has been going well! last time i checked in i was dealing with a lot of struggles, but a few of those things have gotten better as time has gone on. i’m loving living here in atlanta, have been meeting a lot more people, and just feeling a lot more at home here.
one thing that didn’t just magically go away, though, was the huge amount of stress that i was carrying around on a daily basis. i was stressed about moving and being in a new place, doing well in school, meeting people, personal life issues, and more. we all know that being stressed isn’t good for our bodies and minds, but the issue was stopping the stress before it started taking over everything.
i thought i’d share a few ways that i have been able to combat being really stressed/anxious with you guys in the hopes that it might help you in whatever life difficulties you’re dealing with now! (would also like to note that getting professional help is always important if that is what you need.)
(aside from these tips, i can’t tell you how magical it was to literally sit in a waterfall last week. nothing but the sounds of rushing water and its pressure on my skin calmed me in so many ways)
1) remind yourself: you are different than everyone else.
this is the most important thing that i’ve learned in the last 5 weeks. it’s easy to say, but sometimes hard to remember, especially if you’re in a situation like nursing school. everyone is constantly doing something, and if i let myself get caught up in it, i started to feel like i wasn’t doing enough or that i should be doing what everyone else is doing.
at this age in life, i know myself pretty well. i know what i need to do to get work done, i know what i need to do to stay sane, and no one else works in the same way that i do.
the best example of this i can think of is feelings i had last monday. on mondays we have 7 hours of classtime, starting at 8am, ending at 4pm, and a full day of sitting. the second that the last class was over, i was ready to run out the door and go workout. sitting for long periods of time is hard for me, my concentration was shot, and i needed to move my body and shut off my brain for awhile. but as i was leaving the nursing school, i heard a few other students saying that they were headed to the library to study. immediately i questioned if i should be going home and spending a few hours going to work out. i started to feel guilty for taking time off of school to work out.
and as soon as those thoughts started, i needed to stop them. because i know myself, and i know that i would not have been productive if i had gone to the library. i know that i don’t study well in libraries, period. and i know that i needed to move my body and workout to decrease my stress levels and anxiety and keep myself feeling good.
so i left, i went and i worked out, and i came home and did work later. because that’s what works for ME.
2) make a toolbox and use it
what i mean by a toolbox, is to make a list of things that you can do for yourself that decrease your stress. they can be little things that only take 5 minutes or bigger things that take more time. this is the list that i keep in my phone:
whenever the stress starts to mount and feel uncontrollable, i make myself stop and do one of the things on this list. in the short run, it takes time away from doing work, but in the long run, it makes me more focused because the stress isn’t making me feel anxious.
for me, sometimes i need to work out. but sometimes i’m stressed because i’m tired and i need to take a nap. and recognizing that is key! so make sure that whatever you’re using in your toolbox isn’t adding to your stress.
3) write down three things you’re grateful for every day
put things into perspective. this is something that i was reminded to do in a holistic health class we’re taking. i used to do this all the time but needed a reminder to continue to do this. writing down 3 things that you’re grateful for in the last 24 hours, without just saying broad things like “my family” helps you to focus on all the positive things in life. focusing on the positive can shut those negative thoughts down. and days that i’m feeling especially stressed i go back and i start to read all of the things i’ve written down in the past.
i hope you can take something from any of these tips and incorporate them into your life! perspective is everything, and finding the positivity in my life has been helping me stay happier and more stress-free <3