Tips for Relaxing in Nursing School

Fun way to relax

Fun way to relax but not during the winter.

As a nursing student, taking some time to do some fun things while you’re studying will help you do better in your classes and eventually your tests. I know that you probably don’t believe me, but take my word for it. During my nursing classes we normally had at least one test a week. We covered the content Tuesday thru Friday and then had an exam on Monday. I did some experiments (with friends), one week we studied four or five hours everyday, the next week we studied four or five hours every day, but didn’t study but an hour or two on Sunday – an hour when we got up, an hour when we went to bed. Just reviewing flashcards for a final time. During the day on Sunday we did something that was fun.

What I would recommend you do is to try it with your courses and see if it’s true for you. I am a firm believer in quality over quantity anyway.

So what are some fun things you could do.

Think of something that you love to do that relaxes you. For me I loved sitting on my porch in the evening with a cup of coffee and a good book. I have always loved to read, so even though I spent much of the week reading boring stuff, reading something that didn’t have to do with anything medical was relaxing. You are different than me, so think of something that you enjoy doing. One of my study buddies liked to crochet, another liked to fish and hunt. One loved video games. They all did the don’t study much for one day plan and it worked for them too.

Exercise. I enjoyed taking a long walk. I exercised every day during my nursing school, I think it helps in a number of different ways, and I could always study when I was walking on the treadmill or riding the stationary bike. On the free day I would either take a long walk, or ride a bicycle outside (without studying anything).

Do something with your family. They will be glad to see you, and you will hopefully be happy to see them. I was lucky, my wife joined our study sessions most of the time, she didn’t mind and would help to watch a couple of kids that were running around. Many times though that doesn’t happen, you spend most of the time away from your significant other, children, parents etc.

Make a schedule just like the days you’re going to study. Here’s a sample of what I did.

5 – 6 am. Study.
6 – 8 am Watch a movie with my wife.
8-9 get ready for church
9-12 – attend church
12-1:30 – Family dinner
1:30 – 5 Walk
5-7 porch
7-8 study
8 – to bed early

Another idea would be to catch up on some sleep. I don’t like naps very much, because I’ve found that if I take a nap one day, then my body tells me the next day at about the same time that I should be taking a nap.

There are some fun games that you can play, but we’ll talk about that next time. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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