Relaxing before any test is a good idea! Let’s face it, studying is stressful and when you study rite up to the deadline your brain is on overload. I always say that if you don’t know if the night before then it must not be worth knowing. Let’s dive into my top 5 ways to relax leading up to the NCLEX (or any test/event for that matter) Make sure to also check out my eBook “How to pass the NCLEX” for all the tips to success.
Tip number 1: Trust your schooling. You have been studying countless hours and participating in numerous group discussions and practical exercises. You have literally been through a nursing boot camp and you have made it this far. Nursing instructors are tough! So trust what you have learned. This will help to boost your confidence and give you that foundation to start strong.
Tip number 2: You are what you eat. I know eating healthy is challenging. With fifty thousand things to do taking time to be mindful about what we eat is at the bottom of the list. But for the 3-5 days leading up to the NCLEX put this at the top of your list. Now you don’t want to overdo it and put your body through some intense detox days before your test but lay off the sugars and refined foods and stick to fresh and organic ingredients. Nothing juristic, just clean. This will help to stabilize your blood sugar and clear your thought process.
Tip number 3: Treat yourself. The NCLEX is not a test to see if you made it. It’s a test to prove that you made it. What is it that you enjoy? What are your passions? Do you like to read on the beach or hike to a waterfall? What about a massage or manicure/pedicure? Now is the time to get your nails done right before you enter the workforce and your style is curved by dress code HA! Take some time to do what you enjoy and be thankful for your passions and where you have come from.
Tip number 4: Meditation. Now the word meditation, to some, can have a turn off affect. Meditation comes in all different shapes and sizes. There is deep spiritual meditation and there is calm relaxing quite moments where you focus your mind and let go of your stress. At whatever level you are comfortable take some time for meditation. For me this is often a few minutes of silence while I pray. Check out my YouTube channel for a few guided 5 minute meditation videos.
Tip number 5: Stay positive. It is so tempting to over think huge life events. And this is HUGE! You’re taking the most powerful test of your life. Nursing is no joke and YOU have done it. You are successful. You are a nurse! Now you just need a license. J The NCLEX can be intimidating and it is true, some people don’t pass it on the first attempt and that’s OK! That does not mean you are or will be any less of a nurse. Tests are challenging even if you know all the information. You can do this and you will be a nurse. A great one.
For the full version and more tips and tricks for passing the NCLEX get your copy of my eBook HERE!