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Nurturing Wellness in Pharmacy School: The Art of Intentional Rest

Written by: Angel Posadas

Happy Spring Break! As this week of “no classes” approaches, pharmacy students are doing a bunch of activities ranging from working full-time to traveling to another country.

Whether you’re making that money, traveling, or staying at home , let's not forget the importance of intentional rest!.  In this blog post, we'll delve into the concept of intentional rest, exploring its significance and offering practical tips for incorporating restorative practices into your daily routine.

Intentional rest transcends the mere act of taking breaks between study sessions; it involves consciously carving out time to recharge your mind, body, and spirit. Spring break is the perfect time for this. It's about creating space for restoration and rejuvenation amidst the rigors of academic life, so let’s take advantage of this time off classes.

Here are some intentional rest practices you can incorporate into your life and practice over spring break:

  1. Mindfulness meditation: This doesn’t have to be fancy. Set aside a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness meditation, focusing on your breath and bringing awareness to the present moment.

  2. Nature walks: Take a leisurely stroll in nature, whether it's a nearby park, botanical garden, or scenic trail. Connecting with the outdoors can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.

  3. Creative expression: Engage in creative activities such as painting, drawing, writing, or crafting. Allow yourself to express your thoughts and emotions through artistic endeavors.

  4. Digital detox: Take a break from screens and digital devices by unplugging for a designated period. Use this time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with yourself and loved ones.

  5. Yoga or stretching: Practice gentle yoga poses or stretching exercises to release tension and improve flexibility. Focus on deep breathing and mindful movement to promote relaxation and stress relief.

  6. Reading for pleasure: This may be a hard one because we read non-stop in pharmacy school. However, if this is something that you used to do for fun, carve out some time to unwind with a book you’ve been meaning to read..

  7. Journaling: Take time to reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences by journaling. Pharmacy school is a whirlwind of experiences, so don’t lose sight of who you are as an amazing human being. Write freely without judgment, allowing yourself to explore your innermost thoughts and emotions.

  8. Social connection: Spend quality time with friends and family members who uplift and support you. Engage in meaningful conversations, laughter, and shared activities that nourish your relationships and boost your mood.

  9. Gratitude practice: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by reflecting on the things you're thankful for each day. Keep a gratitude journal or simply take a moment to mentally acknowledge and appreciate the blessings in your life. This is a really great one to practice daily.

So, prioritize self-care and make intentional rest a non-negotiable part of your journey toward success and fulfillment in pharmacy school. Let your commitment to intentional rest be a testament to your dedication to your well-being and your unwavering pursuit of excellence in all aspects of your life.

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