Self-Care: Dealing with Stress

1305 Words Feb 2nd, 2018 5 Pages
In order to function at an optimal level, it is necessary to identify problem areas then be able to intervene and change them in a positive manner. In seminar, I used the Lifestyle and Health Habits Self Assessment and determined that I suffer from a high level of stress. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the methods and interventions I used to improve this problem, as well as explore the nursing process and how to apply it to a situation.
Subjective Data I always experience stress concerning schoolwork. I have symptoms such as irritability, headaches, crying, and short temper. These symptoms are worse during the months of August through the first week of May. These feelings are especially intensified when I am studying for tests, writing papers or working on projects. To help relieve these factors I exercise, try to go to bed around 10:30, eat a healthy diet, and spend time with my friends and family when my schedule allows. Towards the end of May, I notice an immediate improvement in all symptoms. Through the months of late May through mid-August, I experience feelings of relaxation, calmness, and an overall sense of improved happiness.
Objective Data When I assessed my level of stress, I used the Stress Test from stress.org. My results were between 22 and 55, which, according to this test, falls in the Danger Zone. Due to lack of sleep, my appearance is…