If nursing school (or your nursing career) has you feeling stressed, you are definitely not alone!
There's class, clinicals, exams, more exams, and a huge amount of material that you are expected to master. And that doesn't even consider the rest of your life where you may be a parent, a spouse, or a primary bread-winner alongside the work you are doing to achieve your dreams.
That's where stress comes in. At the heart of stress is your body's incredible response mechanism that prepares you to survive tough situations. When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol, the fight-or-flight hormone. While cortisol is essential in small amounts, if it sticks around, if your stress levels stay high, you can find yourself anxious, depressed, exhausted, or even with health problems.
So what's to be done? Cathy explains in this quick video how a professor shared a tip with her that has stuck with her, and helped her to keep stress and cortisol in check. (Spoiler Alert: Exercise is key!)