Nursing Student Life

They say everything is about balance, and that couldn’t be truer. But there are some challenges we face that really through us for a curve ball on the balanced path.

I’m about to finish up my first year of becoming an RPN (registered practical nurse), also known as a licensed practical nurse in a lot of places. I am obsessed with this profession, I love my future career – but it is definitely a lot of work.

I know I’ve posted before about my hourly commitment for school being equal to that of a full time job, but I struggle with turning off the “work” part of me and enjoying everyday life. For me I prep for school/placement, do homework for school/placement, and actually attend classes/placement. It feels like there is no off switch, but I am trying.

My weekends usually are swamped with school work too, so it makes it a little harder. But I prioritize. For me school and my mental health are tied at first. Then family + boyfriend for second. Then everything else. I tend to be more anti-social during the school time, just because I love my friends but I have so little time in a day to balance. And with my mental health being first that means incorporating down time where I don’t have to think at all. Family is next because they fill up my good vibes and I always feel better after being with my family and my boyfriend. They don’t expect me to be anything but myself – good and bad moments.

What I’m trying to work on (as I obsessively watch other nursing students / healthcare workers youtube videos) is finding an exercise routine. Not only is it good for me physical but mentally as well. It calms, and releases those “feel good” endorphins. It is also good for coping with high stress. So I keep looking for something I like, and am actively working towards that.

Any workout ideas that work for you – please let me know!

 

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Balancing Life and Work.

It can be hard to balance everything, whether it be kids, family, friends, work, and overall life. So how can balance?

I easily get overwhelmed with a big t0-do list. So I make my big one, and write done my small to-do’s in my agenda calendar phone app – it’s literally called Calendars. ¬†I also try and make time to meditate. I talk about this a lot, there is an app called Insight Timer.

Also post it notes are your friend. I use physical ones when it is urgent on the door on the way out so I cannot miss it. I also use virtual ones. I have an app on my computer called Stickies and it just leaves a small post it on your main screen. I write little reminders and chores.

Scheduling is huge, when the small stuff is written down the more important things like friends and family can take over. If needed schedule family time, that one show on Tuesday nights at 6pm or that Sunday brunch at 11am.

Me time. I schedule a time to get my nails done, or do my hair. Making sure you have me time is crucial and allows for a true balance and clear mindset. It could even be making time to go to a yoga class or the gym. Or watch your favourite show.

With practice, balance is more than achievable.

Mellow Out with Me

Everyone has “those days” where work was rough, life seemed tiring and it was just a long day, or week. So tonight I treated myself with a mini pamper me routine.

I cooked dinner with my family, some comforting time and food. Then watched some comedy shows to get in a good laugh. For me laughing is one of the best de-stressers, you can’t be mad or frown while laughing. Finally I splurged on a white macadamia cookie and mindlessly scrolled through Youtube – of course while sipping my decaf pumpkin spice tea. And now I am in my cozy spot writing to you guys, this has been such a great creative, and stress relieving¬†outlet. I will make my to-do list for tomorrow so I can stop worrying tonight.

Later I’m going to do a face mask, and put some leave-in conditioner into my dry hair and maybe even add an extra fuzzy blanket to my bed. I will spray (more than a couple pumps) of my lavender sleep aid onto my pillows and meditate for 10 to 20 minutes.

Meditation has been a life saver. It allows me to step back and take time for me, but productive time. Although it may seems like not being able to do anything for 10 minutes is not helpful, when you are done with the meditation the level of zen and balance expands and enables you to work even more focused and more attentively.

Breathe in. Breathe out.