How do you manage stress? Attending school as an older student or pursuing a second career can be stressful. Being a caregiver for aging parents or other family members while working and taking classes can be stressful. Trying to balance parenting and being a nursing or pre-nursing student can be stressful. Do you have a strategy for handling such stress?
My work enrolled me in training last year, where this stress buster wheel was presented and discussed. The stress buster wheel captures evidence-based strategies for toxic stress intervention. The training was for caregivers and healthcare workers to screen and treat patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). However, the stress-buster strategies are an excellent reference for anyone experiencing stress. Do you employ any of these strategies for yourself? Are there ones you’d like to try or implement more?
I like combining several stress busters by going on garden walks or hikes through nature with friends. I connected with a friend (outside of school or class) at least weekly during nursing school to maintain supportive relationships. This helped bring balance into my life, especially when I sometimes felt consumed by my intense 15-month accelerated BSN program. Now that I’ve graduated, I continue this practice to connect with friends regularly.
For more information about ACEs, please visit http://www.acesaware.org.
For more ways and ideas for stress health in children (and yourself), check out the toolkits (in English and Spanish) available at https://www.stresshealth.org/what-can-i-do.