Stress has become a part of our lives as much as our heart beating and breathing in and out. If you think I’m exaggerating, ask the next ten people you come across, “Do you experience stress on a daily basis?” Now I don’t have statistics to back up my opinion, but I stand by my theory nevertheless. If you’re in an online ADN program, your stress levels are probably off the charts.
Scrubsmag.com writer Marijke Durning has some great tips to help get you through.
1) Be on top of your own health. – “Stress left unchecked can cause physical ailments including cardiovascular disease. Taking a heart health self-test and making regular appointments with your own PCP will help you stay in good shape and also make you feel confident and in control of your own well-being,” suggests Durning.
2) Exercise your stress away. – Countless studies are out there about the positive effects exercising has on one’s mood and clarity of thought. I wouldn’t know; my theory is that if you don’t exercise, you won’t get hurt. Plus if I started an exercise regime, I’d probably get stressed out about following it or wasting money on a gym membership that I’m too tired to use. Regardless of my lousy theories, do what I say, not what I do.
3) Take your own pulse. – I think of this more as the Take Time and Breathe Method. When life is spinning out of control, stop, take a moment to inhale a few deep breaths, and prioritize what needs to get done.
4) Say a prayer. – Durning writes that, “Prayer is a powerful tool to help practitioners relax and de-stress. Memorize a prayer that resonates with you and let it help you when times get tough.”
I think it’s more than that, though. It means that God is in control even when I am not. It means that there is a reason beyond the chaos and a hope beyond the pain.
5) Pamper yourself – Because of my fibromyalgia, I get a massage once a month. I have to tell you, it’s awesome! Nurses are doing things for a bunch of people at any given time; sometimes the very thing you may need is a little pampering and a little break from the outside world.
Being an ADN student brings a lot of stress, so there is no way I can give just five tips to bring total relaxation. Tune in next week for part II!
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