Hello, my fellow nursing friends. Today, I’m calling for a mental health check-in to ask you, “how are you doing?” Really ask yourself and be honest.
I want to take some time to touch on a more serious topic of nursing school. The stress of school is REAL y’all! And lately, for me, it seems pretty unavoidable.
Maybe it’s because I’m graduating soon and I feel the pressure of finding a job and starting my career. Or perhaps it’s the lack of work (and therefore money) I have due to the time demands of school.
Add in the stress of 12-hour clinical rotations, care plans, and the teacher who’s constantly making you feel like you’re doing something wrong… (Even though I know it’s nothing personal, the constant feedback and micro-managing are emotionally exhausting!)
Then there’s the pressure to perform on tests, the constant fear of failure, class projects and presentations to work on.
Extracurriculars, while they usually help to ease my stress, just seem like an added burden to all the work that needs to be done. Even texting a friend back seems like a heavy task on a never-ending list of things to complete.
Then the chores pile up. The house hasn’t been cleaned, dirty dishes sit in the sink, the laundry still needs to be done, and the fridge is basically empty. Because where can I find the time and energy to grocery shop or cook?
Some days I feel like a crazy person from all the stress, anxiety, and depression. Some days are harder than others. Tears have been shed. Even the most optimistic people have their rainy days.
If I’m honest with myself, I’m not doing so great, but I know I’ll be okay.
I want to be open and honest about this because not everyone talks about it, so you think you’re the only one. But when I hear that my friends are stressed too, it makes me feel a little less crazy and like I’m not alone. So if you’re feeling this way, know that I’m right there with you.
Remember to be kind to yourself and give yourself a break. Prioritize your mental health. Take time today to do something that makes you happy, and then get back to it and keep grinding it out. We’re almost there!
You’ve got this.♡