April 2nd 2020

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”

– Dale Carnegie

How to Combat Stress

Stress comes in many ways, shapes and forms. No one is the same, and that includes how we deal and how we handle stress. You may question if stress is a daily part of your life. Stress can appear in a multitude of ways. A handful of things to look out for are:

  • Rapid weight gain/ weight loss
  • Exhaustion/lethargy
  • Excessive eating/ not eating at all
  • Working out but with no satisfaction after
  • Anxiousness/ irritability
  • Find more signs here.

Sometimes you may ask yourself how can I start dealing with this? How do I figure out how to combat this? Our beautiful souls are all different. This is why we are unique as people, and different things help each one of us. Always though, if life feels like its getting too much for you to handle on your own. You should seek professional help and advice. Having someone you don’t personally know to talk to can sometimes help more than you think.

For myself stress is constantly in my life. However, I can usually thrive off of “chaotic stress.” Working in the EMS field can be hectic everyday but having a passion for it can help fuel your efforts for it. I use this fuel to the best of my ability and push myself more so I can get the best outcome in a situation. I am also currently in school to become a Navy Hospital Corpsman which is another level of a chaotic environment. From working on ships, to hospitals and being in combat zones, the stress will never stop. For some reason though I thrive working in chaos. Doing something to push myself every day. I know it sounds crazy, but I love it and honestly wouldn’t change it.

Update: My Stress in School

Navy Corpsman school like all schools is …wait for it…stressful! I knew, who knew? Sometimes I think it has been more stressful than a deployment or working in the EMS field. Being thrown into this new boot (newbie) environment was a shock to my system, all the way down to my core. Being a fleet returnee (someone who has prior service in the military), I had to follow the same rules as everyone fresh from boot camp. Thank goodness I wasn’t alone in this process though. There are other fleet returnees here too. We became each others sounding boards to help us make it through school. Being 26 years old and treated like an 18 year old is so hard to wrap your head, but we had to do it to a point. We also were put in charge of our class and have to make sure they don’t get in trouble and show up to everywhere they are supposed to be. Talk about being stressed. There have definitely been moments when I wanted to have a meltdown and just leave and go back home, but I didn’t. I didn’t allow this type of stress to get to me and here were some of the things I did to cope:

  • Worked out at the gym with my roomie. Did yoga and meditated.
  • Wrote in my journal about my emotions and what made me upset. Happy or sad, I basically recorded my day.
  • I read some books that I brought from home while sipping Yogi Stress Relief Tea.
  • Listened to music that would calm me down and allowed me to find my zen again.
  • Talked and talked AND talked to my family and friends that understood what was going on.
  • Shopping therapy! I have no shame, sometimes it helps when you can wear something you feel good in. Like comfy pajamas.
  • Friday movie nights, with popcorn and snacks included.

I know this seems like a random list of things, but for me it isn’t. Its what helped me when I started bottling up the stress. I’m still learning and trying out different things to help de-stress and get back to feeling light and airy. It may take trying different techniques, and different things to see what really helps and speaks to you. Don’t allow stress to win and take hold of your life. You can get through anything if you try. We are all stronger than we think.

“Appreciate yourself, and honor your soul.”

-Yogi Tea

Shout out to my family and friends who deal with me when I am a crazy stress ball. Love you ❤

How Do You Study?

Everyone studies differently and that is totally ok. No two people are completely alike when it comes to learning, comprehending and retaining knowledge. Take myself for example, it turns out I am a kinesthetic and aural learner. Basically I learn best hands on and when listening and reading the material. If you are curious on what type you are, just click HERE. How do I usually study you might ask? Well here are two things that I do.

Music Can Actually Help

Certain types of people love to learn with music. Music enables them to focus their energy onto whatever they are studying and link music and study material together. In the article “The Benefits of Studying with Music,” it talks about how it can reduce anxiety and make you feel more relaxed while studying. I would have to agree because, I love to study with music. I listen to classical music, or anything instrumental, just with no words. If there were words I would much rather just sing along! One of my favorite playlists I listen to while studying is on Spotify. Click HERE to listen! It’s piano music and there is over an hour worth of different songs. Some other playlists I love to listen to are:

Above are my go to playlists when I am studying for something. I also listen to them when I’m blogging, like right now. I’m listening to my Disney Piano Collection (: Music also isn’t the only way to study other than just reading your notes or doing flash cards over and over again.

The Gym Helps You Study Too?

I know, sounds crazy huh? I thought so too, until I tried it and it actually stuck. While working out you can bring those flash-cards and quiz yourself. For instance, while doing your cardio on the stationary bike, instead of biking and looking at your phone, look at your flashcards instead. Since you’re releasing dopamine and adrenaline, you’re engraining all that study material into you head and you’re happy doing it. There are many different ways you can study, it just depends on what you gravitate towards most. Try out a few different ways and see which ones you like and which ones you don’t necessarily like doing. It is all about finding what works best for you, what makes you WANT to study and what helps you comprehend the study material. Everybody’s brain is different, which is why there is a multitude of different types of studying. Go learn, soak up all the knowledge and apply it where you need too!

“The process may seem strange and yet it is very true. I did not so much gain the knowledge of things by the words, as words by the experience I had of things.”
― Plutarch

January 21st 2020

“You love tests?”
“Well, yeah. There are questions and answers. True or false, multiple choice, essay. What’s not to love?”

– Nora Roberts

January 16th 2020

“An infantryman’s job is to deliver his enemies into the waiting hands of Death. It is Doc’s job to protect his brothers from Death, to knock him aside and say, “Not today.”

– Adam Fenner

January 15th 2020

“Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.”

– Albert Einstein

January 14th 2020

“It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts… it is to teach them to think.”

– Robert M. Hutchins

January 13th 2020

What type of learner are you? In class today we have done something I never have done before. Figure out what type of learner you are. Turns out I am a Kinesthetic learner. What that means is I rely on visual aids, examples and trial and error. Which makes sense because I do all of those things.

If you would like to see what way is best for you just click below!

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

– Maya Angelou

Learning A New Trade

How the Military Recently Impacted my Life

Being in the military is no easy task. I recently joined the Navy again as a reservist after I completed my active duty contract. In my post Getting back that Seabag I talked about my story and why I decided to join again. Well, it’s almost my one year mark as a Navy Reservist and it has been a whirlwind. From learning new things and figuring out the learning curve on how reservists operate. I finally was getting the hang of things.Go in on my “Warrior Weekends,” get caught up on training, workout and hang out with all my new friends I made. I was placed in a new unit, they were called the HM (Hospital Corpsman) detachment. I was excited, it meant I would be able to get on the job training and actually see what my new job did! Then I realized, I needed to get my “A” school set up so I will have the proper certifications. Fast forward to January and here I am.

This past week has been crazy, stressful, chaotic and adventurous to say the least. From getting military orders reprocessed twice, my personnel profile not being set up correctly to the military travel site messing up on my airfare, its surprising that I actually made it here to Fort Sam Houston in Texas. None the less, here I am and it is completely what I expected…kinda. Since this is an “A” school, everyone is treated in a student status which means no freedom in a sense. Secured liberty by 2200 (10 pm), can’t leave base, can’t drive and I have to still be in my uniform. This is considered phase 1, it’s meant for the fresh out of bootcamp people. People that don’t know how to act in the fleet yet. Then there is a phase 2 which is a little more freedom, we can wear civilian clothes and travel off base. We just have to be back by 2200. Then finally there is phase 3. That means we can have all our freedom back and stay out overnight on the weekends. Going from reserves and a whole civilian life back into student status is almost like a complete shock to me. I haven’t been in an “A” school for almost 7 years! Thank goodness, I have about eight other “fleet returnees” in class with me, which makes this bearable.

So going from a DC, Damage Controlman to an HM, Hospital Corpsman will be interesting. There will be a lot of knowledge to take in these next 4 months. This school coincides with my civilian career which is a huge perk for me. Not only will I have civilian side knowledge, but, I will also have military combat medical knowledge to use to my advantage. I start my actual class Wednesday, after the long week of life skills that are taught to everyone to make sure were well rounded Sailors. I look forward to learning as much as I can, so that I can challenge myself and those around me. Here is to a new adventure, for the start of a new year! Time to push myself, learn something new and dedicate myself to Corpsman school and flourish in this new trade.

“You fight like you train.”

– George S. Patton Jr.

October 27th 2019

“When I’ve least expected it, an enormous opportunity or stroke of luck has crossed right under my nose. So I tell everybody, if you’re passionate about what you do and you love it, do it. But do your homework. Because you’ll never know when the opportunity is going to happen.”

-Julie Andrews