Tips to Relieve Stress
Itâs a sad and alarming fact, but stress has become nearly as big a part of American life as breathing. We all suffer from it. Life in the 21st-century technological age has just become too complicated not to have stress somewhere. When youâre in the midst of health care training, especially the accelerated form of health care training such as what our students engage in at Concorde, the stresses can be high. Thatâs not to say, however, that we all should just throw up our hands and look for the nearest padded cell. There are plenty of tried and true methods of relieving stresses, both mental and physical.
Relaxing the mind during health care trainingThe website WebMD recently published an article that lists several what they call âcoping strategies.â The key, the article stated, was to find the coping strategy that is the right fit for you and the specific stress youâre experiencing in your life. Ways to relax the mind, in particular, included:
- Write down the things that are bothering you. Take 10-15 minutes a day to write down and track your stresses and your successes at tackling this stress.
- Let your feelings out. Holding things in is one of the worst things you can do in dealing with stress. Talk, laugh, cry, express anger â anything that helps vent the pent-up feelings you might be having.
- Do something you enjoy. Examples could be a hobby, such as jogging or playing a musical instrument, playing with and caring for a pet, or doing volunteer work.
- Focus on the present. Meditate â focus your attention on things that are happening right now. Pay attention to your breathing. And, use guided imagery. Imagine yourself in a setting that relaxes and calms you.
Relaxing the body during health care training
- Exercise. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress â anything from walking to housecleaning or yard work. Stretching can also help.
- Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga and tai chi. A combination of exercise and meditation can be doubly helpful.