If you’re planning to go to nursing school, have you ever asked someone who is already a practicing nurse for a bit of advice? If you do, there’s a pretty good chance that one of the main things they are going to tell you is nursing school is extremely demanding; therefore, you have to make sure that you learn some effective ways to cope with anxiety and stress.
Actually, that’s what this article is about. Below, we are going to share with you five ways for dealing with nursing school stress so that when you do feel overwhelmed, you’ll know some helpful ways to deal with it.
Stay on top of your course load. When you’re in college, you really can’t afford to procrastinate in any major. But when you’re in something as fast-paced as nursing school, just one missed reading assignment can have you feeling a bit lost. So when you get your syllabus for your classes, be sure to stay on top of each thing on them. Don’t wait until the last minute. It’s not worth it.
Don’t drink (alcohol). Although there are actually a lot of studies to support the fact that a glass of wine every now and then can actually be a good thing, the reason why we advise that you keep drinking down to a minimum is that one of the side effects that tends to come with it is drowsiness and when you’re tired, it’s hard to stay focused on your schoolwork. Plus, alcohol packs on calories, which brings us to the next tip.
Exercise regularly. You might feel as if you don’t have enough time to exercise but the reality is that it’s not something that you should see as a leisure activity. In order to stay fit, increase your energy level, boost your immune system, improve your level of concentration and also to release stress, exercise should be a part of your weekly (if not daily) routine.
Watch what (and when) you eat. You know what they say, “What you put in is what you get out.” So, whether you’re in your first year of nursing school or you’re planning to sign up for one of the geriatric nurse practitioner programs in your area, it’s important that you maintain a healthy diet. In fact, you might be surprised to know that there are actually some foods that can help you to combat stress. Some of them include nuts, broccoli, whole grains, salmon and even dark chocolate. Just make sure that you try not to eat heavy foods during your late night study sessions. For one thing, your metabolism is lower during that time (which makes it easier to gain weight) and secondly, it can make it harder for you to fall asleep. This brings us to our final tip.
Get enough rest. Sure, there are probably going to be some times when you’ll need to pull an all-nighter while you’re getting ready for a paper or an exam, but for the most part, it’s imperative that you get between 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep is what helps your body to repair itself from the wear and tear of the day so that you can wake up feeling rejuvenated. Without question, if you want an easy way to combat stress, make sure to get plenty of rest. While you’re in nursing school, sleep can make all of the difference in the world.