Life is a battle. Full of challenge, a challenge that we have to deal and survived with. Full of problems, stressors that comes to our way each and every day we lived. They say we have to play it accordingly. We have to play it as it is used to be. As a nursing student, more stressors are coming to our way. The exams are coming, assignments overload, paper works such as nursing care plans, drug studies that has to be passed immediately, duties in the hospitals, responsibilities in the house and off course love ones that you give value that sometimes contribute to your stress.
There are lots of stressors and problems to mention and there’s something always comes in to our mind “how can we manage it?” “How can I manage stress? Stress is a normal and expected part of our lives, but it’s not a part we always know how to deal with. We learn how to handle stressful situations by watching our parents and peers as we grow up. If we didn’t have positive coping modeled for us, it may make it harder to handle even everyday stressors..
It may seem that there’s nothing we can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day and our career and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But we have more control than we might think. In fact, the simple realization that we’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management. Managing stress is all about taking charge of our thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way we deal with problems.
They say that the best way to manage our stress is to learn healthy coping strategies. I myself sometimes don’t know how to manage it but there are times that I learn how to deal with it. The say let your feelings out. So I talk, laugh, cry, and express anger when I need to. Talking with my friends especially my best friend , family, about my feelings is my healthy way to relieve stress because if I didn’t do this things, I always end up being feeling sick. W hen problems arise, I always give myself time to think about it, how it can affect me, how big is the impact that this particular will give me.
I am a type of person who used to smile even if there is pain inside me. A kind of person who just laughs at it and waits until it becomes bubbles. Because I believe in the saying that “When we think about problems, they grew double. But when we laugh about them, they became bubbles. I just always put my trust in our God Almighty because all problems that we are encountering is given by HIM and He will not give those problems to us if he knew that we cannot solve it. I just learn to look above and say “Oh God, have mercy on me, I know you are doing the best for me and making me strong in every trials in my life”.
School? Oh yes school is the most stressor in my life, there are lots of paper works, but that doesn’t ruined me. Though I am cramming all the time. I used to relax my mind before I do it. I just think that if I don’t do those assignments and paper works, I will not be able to get the grades I am wanting and the worse is I will not be able to pass those subjects that is needed for me to graduate. The terror professors are also one of the stressor of most students but we students are trying to reach out for them, I myself tried to deal with them though sometimes I think about them If they will give the grades I need. Going to school is somewhat a challenge, so I used to prepare myself before I left our home. I take a bath for me to face the outside world with freshness look. I always remind myself to leave family problems at home for me to deal with another life at school.
The school where my friends and classmates are waiting. That in them I find my true self. The real me. In them, I am letting all my feelings out that I cannot show in our house. With them, I can easily get rid of those problems especially when we are talking and gossiping (our favorite work) Joking and sharing laughter with each other. This is because we believe in the saying “Laughter is the best medicine, it’s cheaper than medicine” so just laugh and laugh until your tummy aches, and is because smile is can also make someone feels better. Developing a sense of humour must take place. One of the barriers to stress reduction is the temptation to take things too seriously. It’s okay to back off from your intensity and see the humour in life’s situations. Laugh a little or better yet, laugh a lot! See the humour in stress.
When I feel tired, I just take a nap though that nap can sometimes last for several hours. This relieves my tension. And this is really effective. I watch television, I love listening to music especially love songs, it makes my heart feel calm.Music really make me relaxed and happy. Some people used to smoke to feel calm, but for me it’s not. I don’t smoke nor drink alcohol because this is not good for my health as we all know. When I feel nervous, I take a deep breath, inhale and exhale. I don’t have any form of exercise, my only exercise is just walking.
Thinking positive is also one of my strenghts We have Stop and count your blessings. Write down even the simplest things that you have and enjoy: a roof over your head, a bed to sleep on, quality food, warmth, security, good health, friends or family. Acknowledge that not everyone has these things. Say something positive to yourself as soon as you wake up every morning. This will keep your energy and mind focused on positive thinking. Be thankful for each day that you have; you never know which one could be your last! Stop worrying about the things you cannot change. This especially comes with things such as politics, and often applies to other individuals. Learning to accept things as they are is an important coping mechanism, but not as easy as it sounds.
In the past years, I used to have my diary where I write all my feelings about my environment, the people around me. It really helps me a lot to feel better especially those times that I don’t have someone to tell my insights. But now, I didn’t do this again. Maybe I don’t have time? Hmm. I guess it’s my choice not to write again because it makes me feel again the sadness I am feeling when I am writing it down. We can start practicing these tips right away. Try one or two until you find a few that work for you. Practice these techniques until they become habits you turn to when you feel stress. You can also use this coping strategies form to see how you respond to stress. Stress-relief techniques focus on relaxing your mind and your body.
Because it is a normal part of life, there are no skills to make stress never happen, but we can all benefit from having a plan to face it to help feel on top of the things that we can control. These skills will give you ideas as to how you can make small changes in your life that will help to make stress more manageable