Leadership Blog Series: Tips to Destress While Studying At Home

Welcome to our leadership blog series! This month Esha Kaushik, Chapter President of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, discusses how to decrease stress during Covid-19.

Leadership Blog Series: Tips to Destress While Studying At Home

Happy May, Everyone! May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I’m sure we can all use some tips on how to manage any stress or anxiety, especially in the current time. Here are some ways to connect to safe and healthy methods to decrease those stress levels!

  1. Take a break from reading or watching the news: 
    • I know there’s so much pressure to keep up with the news nowadays, but sometimes its so necessary to just take a step back and take a deep breath. Thinking and hearing about the pandemic can be a lot some days, and we all need to take care of ourselves in order to focus on classes. 
  2. Taking care of your body!
    • Make sure to take a break from the zoom classes, and screens by stretching. Most of us have a 10-minute break every 50 minutes, so try to keep on that schedule by getting up from your desk and walking around for a bit. This will provide for a change of scenery and to give your eyes a break! 
    • Get PLENTY of sleep! Practicing healthy sleep hygiene is more important than ever with all this extra screen time! 
  3. Exercise regularly        
    • The gyms are closed but we all have tools around the house to get our regular strength training in! A walk in the morning and evening is also a great way to get movement in throughout the day! Just be sure to abide by the 6 feet rule when spending time outside! 
  4. Make time to unwind
    • Do one thing every night not related to school that brings you joy! Whether it be a skill you already have or a new hobby that you can pick up! Whether it be coloring a picture, watching a show, reading a book, meditating, or learning something like knitting or skateboarding! 
  5.  Connect with your people!
    • These are all important but if I had to pick one, this would be my personal most important point. We are all at home and experiencing these new changes together. Connect and communicate with your support system. Talk to at least one person each day about how your day went and be there to listen to their day. This will bring a sense of balance to your day and help this time feel quite as isolating! We are truly all in this together. 
    • If you feel like you cannot reach out to somebody at this time, here are some websites that connects people with caring people!

Please remember that your local and International NMSA Board is here for you through this! Reach out to your local Chapter President if you need help and they will do their best to help connect you with the resources you need! 

Esha Kaushik is a second year student at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. She graduated from the University in Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Psychology and Molecular Biology in 2016. Prior to coming to SCNM, Esha pursued a Master’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Her goals as Chapter President are to bring more of an awareness of just how great and extensive of a tool NMSA is to the student body at SCNM through working with other campus clubs and local doctors. Her current clinical interests include mind body medicine, Ayurveda and homeopathy. Her hobbies are reading, music and badminton.

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