Balancing School And Life – My Quality Of Life Self-Care Plan

Balancing School And Life – My Quality Of Life Self-Care Plan

The purpose of developing this Plan is to set a framework and a plan to maintain wellness and to stay motivated and engaged throughout your Program. Doing this will help you achieve success during your coursework and as a professional nurse.

The goal of the Project is to help you become self-aware and reflective as a means of identifying personal self-care strategies that will increase your energy and help you manage your stress. The Project will give you a chance to learn how this is accomplished as you will be doing similar work with clients during the Program and as a professional nurse to assist them in the same way. Balancing School And Life – My Quality Of Life Self-Care Plan

Use the Quality of Life Self-Care Wheel to assess your current state. After you determine your scores, in a 2-3 page paper complete the following:

  • Discuss those areas that are strengths (higher scores) and those areas that need further development (lower scores).
  • Identify two strategies you can use to maintain or maximize each identified strength.
  • Identify two strategies you can use to strengthen each area needing development. Explain how you will put these strategies into action. Be specific. For example, instead of stating, “I need to exercise,” your action should state “I will begin to walk 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week.” The action should be SMART- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timeframe
  • Also attach your completed form
  • Minimum length 2-3 pages not including cover or referencing. APA formatting Balancing School And Life – My Quality Of Life Self-Care Plan

Since my early years in grade school, I’ve had to learn how to balance school and life. In elementary school, it was girl scouts’ meetings, piano lessons and gymnastics competitions. In middle and high school, it was National Honor Society, band and volleyball. Once I got to college, fun extracurricular activities turned into parttime jobs and projects. Being active when I was young was a great way to prepare for the college struggle of becoming an adult and handling greater responsibilities.  Balancing School And Life – My Quality Of Life Self-Care Plan

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Put schoolwork first 

The biggest tip I have to give about keeping the balance between school, work and life would be keeping school at the top of your priority list. I made it a point to get schoolwork, studying, and homework out of the way as soon as possible before I even thought about doing something else with my time. Schoolwork is usually the most stressful part of my week, so getting those items out of the way early makes tackling the rest of the week a breeze.  Balancing School And Life – My Quality Of Life Self-Care Plan

If your job is prohibiting you from getting your schoolwork done or distracting you from your studies, reduce your hours or find a job that is flexible with your school schedule and needs. The extra hours are not worth failing a class over! It helps to find a job that has a consistent schedule so that your mind and body get used to the rhythm and flow of your week. If your job has intermittent shifts/scheduling, keep a planner or calendar, and keep track of what days you work and what deadlines you have for school to stay organized and on top of everything. This is a good habit no matter where you work or how old you are. Balancing School And Life – My Quality Of Life Self-Care Plan

Learn from your experiences 

Being in college teaches you so much about being more independent and transitioning into adult life. You’re exposed to more people. You have to meet more deadlines. You have to learn from your mistakes, manage your finances and be there for your family and friends. Balancing School And Life – My Quality Of Life Self-Care Plan

I personally had some tough experiences in college such as having to leave campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, losing several close family members and even contracting the virus myself in the middle of the semester. I’ve learned that there will always be obstacles and setbacks at any point in your life. Getting older doesn’t ever get easier, we just get stronger. It’s the way you learn and grow from these experiences that really teaches you who you are and who you want to become. Once you’ve figured this out, you can tackle anything that comes your way.  Balancing School And Life – My Quality Of Life Self-Care Plan

Know when to take a break 

The last self-care tip I recommend for keeping a good balance is realizing when you need a break. This is something I struggled with for a long time. I was always busy and moving from one thing to the next, so I never learned when to take a break. I almost viewed taking a break as a sign of weakness. I’ve learned it’s a sign of maturity. Knowing when you need to take a step back and let your mind and body reset is a very powerful and underrated skill. Whether it’s a late night of frustrated studying, not having enough time in the day or tension in relationships, taking a step back is an important form of self-care Balancing School And Life – My Quality Of Life Self-Care Plan

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