<My first IV stick!!>
Alright guys this is going to be a pretty honest post. So, sorry if it feels a little complain-ey but a girl’s gotta vent somewhere right? I am FINALLY through my insane clinical/school schedule, and have one week left of the quarter. My life has basically been sat/sun/mon/tues clinical shifts ranging from 10-12 hours, Wednesday class and exam, Thursday class, Friday simulation labs, then start it all over again.
This has been the hardest quarter of nursing school for me hands down. I barely saw Parker at all, and when I did come home he would shake his head “no no” if I wanted to pick him up and only wanted his Daddy. My heart literally broke every single time this happened. I really began to question why I was doing this at all, if I could not spend these special moments with Parker while he is learning and growing so much. Major mom guilt over here.
I kept telling myself that this was only a few weeks out of my life, and that it would all be worth it. My mental health clinical was soooooo draining. Spending a full day with people who have major depression and schizophrenia is exhausting, even if it is giving me a ton of perspective. My medical surgical clinical was pretty heavy too–lots of alcohol and drug abuse and very marginalized populations. The hardest part was coming home after a long day working and then having to study. Ughhhhhhhh.
This schedule and the people I met has taught me to be so grateful for something as simple as making breakfast with my little family, taking a yoga class, spending time outside, and taking care of myself in general. This past week I felt a lot of resentment, exhaustion, and just wanted my life back. It sounds SO dramatic, but I just could not live my life in autopilot anymore!!
Using my adaptogenic herbs, meditation, eating healthy, and going to bed really early got me through the worst of this schedule. I diffused oils every night to de-stress, and used Young Living’s Thieves blend to boost my immune system. I stuck to just one morning cup of coffee, and would drink komboocha or sparkling water if I hit an afternoon slump. I tried to do laps on the floor if I got bored or was sitting too long. I realized how much I miss exercise when I had no time to do it 🙁 and just felt so lethargic and gross.
The next few weeks I am going to be focusing on letting my body recover from this intense schedule. I am planning lots of yoga, acupuncture, time outside, cooking, and spending good quality time with my family. And as many naps as I can fit in of course 🙂 I have already started writing long to-do lists with all the things I have put on hold, but realized I need to cut myself some slack and take one day at a time. I do feel that environmental clutter can exacerbate anxiety and stress, so I am going to be cleaning and organizing our house, but will probably focus on one room at a time, similar to what I did in this post.
How do you stay healthy during times of stress?