Yesterday, I participated as a Schwartz Rounds (“caring for the caregiver”) panelist speaker about mental health in nursing.
The audience was my current and new nursing cohort. Although my presentation was catered to nursing students, I feel the content should be shared with ALL college students who are struggling during this horrid time of quarantine! There’s a lot of emphasis on the physical changes of our education system (i.e., moving out of dorms, no wifi, etc.), but what about checking in on students to see how they’re doing emotionally??
So this is me, checking in on you.
This is for the college students who got thrown under the bus when COVID arrived. We were so close to finishing the semester, (some of us almost graduating), and in the blink of an eye:
a shit ton of last-minute changes and virtual learning became the norm. *insert sigh* 😪
I’m not here to give you study tips, but I’m here to give you a mental break. If we don’t take care of our mental health now, soon enough all physical things in our life will spiral out of control. And I don’t want anyone to take a ‘W’ this semester or fail!!!
Please note: some tips may overlap from last week’s article, but I wanted this week to be more focused on the college student.
#mentalhealthmatters #normalizetherapy #selfcarereexplained
ONE: YOU ARE COPING WITH THESE NEW CHANGES.
- “Lack of productivity” = non-existent. This is not a race or competition to see who can complete the most things in a day.
- Give yourself permission to take this time to cope.
- Accepting the pandemic > laziness
- You are NOT lazy. You are trying to make sense of all this craziness in the world and that’s OKAY.
- thE nEw nOrmAL = (lack of toilet paper, sanitizing literally everything, virtual parties, and zoom lectures)
TWO: STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO WHAT YOUR CLASSMATES ARE DOING.
- Everyone works at a different pace
- Everyone has unique studying approaches
- You WILL become a (insert career field here) without straight As.
- The reason I say this is because I’m a walking example of this! Which means… I’m not jus talking out of my ass, it CAN be done.
- I have never had straight As in my life, like ever. AND I got into nursing school without it! Please don’t beat yourself up too hard. You’re trying your best and putting in all of your efforts. I know this world turns everything into a competition and we just can’t help it sometimes 😥
- Ask yourself this: are the people you surround yourself with contributing to your mental health? are they lifting you up or putting you down??
THREE: SET BOUNDARIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
- It’s that simple.
- DO NOT FEEL GUILTY FOR CUTTING OFF PEOPLE THAT DO NOT BENEFIT YOU.
- Use the mute button, click unfollow, or block whoever makes you feel uncomfortable or inferior. Life is too short for BS.
- I made the personal decision to mute people who constantly post about COVID statistics (I don’t need to be reminded of this tragedy during every waking moment). And I don’t follow any celebrities on Instagram (they have access to plastic surgery and I don’t).
FOUR: YOU DEFINE WHAT SELF-CARE IS, OR ISN’T FOR YOU.
SELF CARE RE-EXPLAINED. Self-care is what ever you define it as. It’s anything that makes you feel instant relief from all of life’s stressors.
- hobbies: (baking, xbox, animal crossing, exercise, napping)
- me-time: (bubble baths, meditation, happy hour, journaling)
- basic needs: (Netflix, showering, eating, going to Target)
FIVE: FIND PEOPLE YOU TRUST.
- You need emotional support throughout school. PERIODTTT.
- I’ve learned the physical acts such as studying and reading is not as difficult as the emotional toll it takes on my body. You need someone who you can talk to about these things. Don’t bottle things up.
- It’s okay to open up about your insecurities in regard to (insert career field here).
- (please refer back to #2: STOP COMPARING YOURSELF WITH YOUR CLASSMATES)
Please keep your head up during these strange times! I’m here if anyone wants to talk or needs a hand with anything.
Love and blessings! @tbh_xtina ❤️