Tips for De-Stressing Your Life
Jul. 12, 2017
Trying to do it all sometimes means that we do very little well. Pursuing a health care training education doesn’t have to be stressful.
The accelerated nature of the hands-on health care programs offered at Concorde might mean you strategically plan your days. But we’re confident that being able to pursue your passion helping others achieve wellness will be worth it!
There are days you’ll feel maxed out, even with your eye on the prize. We’re committed to coming alongside you on those days and championing you through to sunnier skies, however.
We might flip open our playbook and suggest a way to tackle it head-on. Something like:
Exercise helps in health care training education
We won’t ask you to run a marathon. Even a 5-10-minute walk can do wonders to combatting the negative hormones that rear their ugly heads when we get stressed.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well … Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.”
Channel something you love into a way to work up a sweat. Whether it’s a walk, a hike, a jog or dance, lace up your shoes and in the words of T. Swift, “Shake it off!”
Bring a social media cooking video to life
Did you know that many mental health clinics have started integrating cooking into their behavioral therapy plans?
There’s something so gratifying about actively engaging and being present in creating something. And, for all intents and purposes, it’s instantly gratifying.
Perhaps Charlotte Rudge of the Huffington Post got it right when she contended, “Creatively, there’s something about losing yourself to the flow and process that’s healing. It’s a chance to flourish and shine, and the relatively easy learning curve gives one a sense of personal growth and mastery.”
Revisit an old passion
Sometimes, we need to be reminded of what we used to love to do. How long has it been since you played a round of golf or walked through Hobby Lobby and bought supplies to do a craft?
Don’t feel guilty. It’s important to make time to do things that make us happy!
Do something nice for someone else
Speaking of doing things that makes us happy, how about doing something for someone else?
“One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” – Gordon Hinckle
Science backs it up, too. Forbes references a Corporation for National & Community Service report which noted: “Research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health… those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.”
Set realistic expectations for your health care training education
Often stress is brought on by overcommitting or underestimating the time a task takes.
Give yourself a little breathing room by budgeting twice the amount of time you think it will take to get something done. Whether it’s not having to drive as fast from point A to point B or not feeling as rushed getting out the door, no one was ever displeased by having a little wiggle room.
As always, never shoulder your stress alone! Come by and chat with your student affairs team. Their door is always open.