Getting Your Brain in the Game (RN)

by Elizabeth Russ

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    00:01 So I'm willing to bet that you've heard the phrase "nursing school is like the hardest thing in the entire world" and that it probably scared the poop out of you, right? That was the exact same situation for me.

    00:11 It might be giving you some nice insomnia at night.

    00:14 Some stressed induced Oreos might be eaten.

    00:18 Does that, am I kind of getting the vibe right there? This is literally me years ago.

    00:22 My goal in this section is to help you calm down that underlying terror and give you a little bit of a pep talk.

    00:28 The one that I wish I could have given my past self, who was like really freaking the heck out at this point in the process.

    00:35 And we're going to start by getting ready and helping your brain get in the game. Ready? Let's go. So, step one, I want you to sit down with your social media and have a really nice little scroll to all of the accounts that you follow.

    00:51 Like we're going to KonMari this.

    00:52 Do they bring you joy? Are they helpful? Do they add information or happiness to your day when you see them? If so, congratulations.

    01:00 You've curated a really nice feed and they can stay.

    01:03 Or do they make you nervous? Do they add stress? Do they add worry? If so, it's probably time to unfollow them or at least mute them.

    01:10 And they may be accounts, honestly, that you love.

    01:12 I totally get it. But they'll be there when you're ready to come back to them later.

    01:17 You're going to be worried enough without all of the negative echo chambers surrounding you. So just mute them for now.

    01:24 Not every account is good for every single season of life that you're in, and that's totally okay.

    01:29 It's not personal.

    01:31 They won't even notice, I promise.

    01:32 But it's going to help you so much in the long run.

    01:35 And next, I want you to download the entire playlist by Prof Lawes on "how to study and learn" and listen to one lecture a day. And, well, you can do this while you're going on a walk or enjoying another activity.

    01:50 Listen to them a few times before school actually starts.

    01:53 Because do you know how much farther ahead you will already be in nursing school? If you know how your brain works, and you can work with it instead of going against it ? Lightyears, friends. It's lightyears, so go bookmark it.

    02:05 I'll wait and then take it one day at a time.

    02:08 Okay, perfect. Are you back? Awesome. The last thing I want you to do is to come up with a little mantra that you can say whenever you are feeling any of those creeping doubts popping in.

    02:18 Mine is three parts because I require a lot of reassurance and when I'm feeling overwhelmed, I repeat: "you are enough, you are not alone, and you can do hard things." You are more than welcome to steal that or to come up with something else that reminds you that you can do hard things.

    02:33 The hard thing being nursing school right here.

    02:37 Because, my friend, I promise that you can.

    02:39 You have done so many hard things in order to just get accepted into nursing school.

    02:44 Write all of those hard things down that you've accomplished.

    02:47 And you can remind yourself, if you need to, by going back and looking at that list or just to reminisce on when you like, when you're five years from now, when you're like, oh my gosh, look like this is where I was.

    02:57 But seriously, you have overcome a lot just to get here.

    03:00 You are enough.

    03:01 You are not alone because everyone else is freaking out too.

    03:04 And you, my brilliant friend, can do hard things.

    03:08 You can do nursing school, you can do the hard things.

    03:10 So go find your own mental health mantra.

    03:13 Whatever gets you in the game, whatever you're going to go with, write it down like on your wall or on your arm, or just like repeat it as needed.

    03:22 Now, if you're ready for a few more, like tangible tips on helping you make it through. I hope so.

    03:28 Excellent. If so, I will see you in the next video.

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    The lecture Getting Your Brain in the Game (RN) by Elizabeth Russ is from the course Preparing for Nursing School (RN).

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