During nursing school, I missed painting...I didn't realize how therapeutic it was for me, until I started a home care case and one of our (yes I said our
) daily activities was painting...that was during my coursework for my BSN I realized that I had put down a favorite hobby for almost five years!! The last time I painted was when I was in LPN school...my program really supported self-care...I would paint the night before an exam to decrease my test anxiety.
But what I REALLY missed was reading fiction...you don't get to read something pleasurable when you are going to school...you have to get "lost" in the nursing process, care plans
and how to put a NG tube in... When I finished school in May, I treated myself a bought a lot of fictional books, even the classics...and I treated myself during the holidays as well. Nothing, for me, is better than getting lost in a mystery in late 70s Italy, or early 1900 China, or Modern Day New York or Victorian England...
Whatever you do make sure you continue your quilting...even if you create a quilt during nursing school and complete it by the time you pass your boards
. Make sure you take time during your studies to prevent burnout...now off to Amazon
.com to book browse...