Happy November, lovely people!
How is everyone doing?! I haven’t wrote in a while because yet again, I’ve been too busy! My blogging comes in spurts, sometimes I post a lot but I mostly go weeks in between posts. So I’m going to attempt to begin a routine so I can fit everything in and hopefully, be less stressed out.
Anyways, you probably figured this post is another one about ways to handle stress… Around this time last year, I wrote a similar post and you can click here to read it!
As many of you know, I started my second year in the nursing program. I’m not taking all 5 classes because quite frankly, I would go crazy. So I’m in 3 classes and working a part time job but I still feel like I’m going crazy. I’ve been quite stressed and I’m not the greatest at handling it. Not to mention, I still have to be careful since stress is one of my triggers that can put me in an episode and that would not be OK.
So after this bout of probably 3 weeks of immense stress, I figured out one thing that’s both good and bad. Let’s start with the bad… Actually, I shouldn’t say bad because I’m better now. But during my time of being stressed out, I was slightly anxious since I was scared that I would get sick. I had a few moments where I cried and told myself that if I were going to go into an episode, it would’ve happened by now. I could feel the blood rushing in my head, I was tired pretty much all of the time with barely any motivation. Now everything that I said was bad, turned out to be good because I didn’t get sick. I didn’t get sick! The fact that I haven’t felt stress this much without going into an episode is a good thing because it means that I’m growing out of KLS! I hate being stressed out but I hate going into episodes even more… I can somewhat function when I’m stressed out but when I go into episodes, I just don’t function at all.
Here are some things that help me with stress and some things I should do more often:
- Take breaks. Breaks are so important when you study, especially when you notice yourself thinking about something else when you’re reading a textbook. I usually take a break every 20-30 minutes when I’m studying or a break between different lecture topics.
- Organization. Buy yourself an agenda and write out everything you need to do, when your exams are or when you need something done by. It works wonders and keeps you on track! Make it look pretty too for that extra inspiration!
- Drink lots and lots of water. I think part of the reason why I was feeling groggy or tired was because I didn’t drink enough water. My mom has always told me to drink water if my head is feeling weird and usually it works! This is something I need to constantly remind myself to do, stressed or not.
- Get lots of sleep. This one might depend on your own wellbeing but for myself, if I get less than 7 hours of sleep then I’m drained the following day. Do whatever works for you and take naps if you need! Usually naps should go from 30-40 minutes and you’ll be feeling good. Trust me.
- Take time for yourself. It’s so important to understand that your wellbeing should come before your grades. I know what it feels like to be stressed out about your grade but if you think about it… If you are stressing yourself to no end, that will affect you more in the long run than a grade you’ll probably forget about. Do something you love, something that will take your mind of exams and something that will be good for you.
- Go outside. Get out of your house, the school or wherever you are. Take a walk, go to a park, do something that will get you some fresh air. I know I could’ve used more sunshine or outdoors when I was under a bit of stress!
Lastly, the most important thing to remember is that bad things don’t last forever. Your mind and body will settle down after a while, even if it feels like it won’t. Your life won’t fall apart but just remember to think positive! Tell yourself and believe that something good will happen and your hard work will pay off… because it definitely will.
Keep working hard, my friends! (Take care of yourself too!)