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Tesia Felton

6 Ways I Stay Motivated

Being healthy is an important part of being successful, especially when you are as busy as me with work, family and having full-time classes!

Have you ever felt burnt out because of everything that you are juggling on a daily basis? I sure have! I am 28 years old and I am newly engaged. It is a busy time for me planning for the wedding, balancing a full course load at school and working full-time.

I am currently pursuing my associate degree in healthcare administration at Herzing University. After I finish, I plan to continue my education and obtain a bachelor’s in healthcare administration.

Being healthy is an important part of being successful, especially when you are as busy as me with work, family and having full-time classes!

Here are three ways that I keep my body and mind healthy when life gets hectic.

  1. Eat right and exercise. I eat a lot of vegetables, drink plenty of water and try to exercise a few times a week. Giving my body the right “fuel” helps me stay energized throughout my busy day.
  2. Get enough sleep. I make sure that I get eight hours of sleep each night so that I wake up refreshed. If you are constantly fatigued, you will not be able to focus on your work and your studies.
  3. Take a day off. Being on the go constantly makes stress build up faster. I find it’s important for me to take one day a week to relax so I am not burnt out. Usually, Sundays are my rest days if I am not working.

Taking care of my physical health helps me feel better and stay on top of my busy schedule. Sometimes, however, life can feel overwhelming.

Here are three ways to stay motivated during your most stressful days or weeks:

  1. Have a person you can lean on for support. My fiancé is who I turn to for help, and he always tells me to keep going, no matter how tough it gets.
  2. Focus on how far you have come and try to stay positive. I always remind myself that I have to hang on just a little bit longer and then I will be done with school.
  3. Set short-term and long-term goals. I tend to do this a lot because I know where I want to be in life. I know that when my fiancé and I decide to have children, I do not want to be in school because I want my kids to have my full attention. Having children is a long-term goal for me, but finishing school is a short-term goal that keeps me motivated.

Finally, try to make every single day count! Stay motivated and work hard for what you want. Nothing in life is going to stop you from your success but you.

I enrolled in the healthcare administration program because I love the medical field. I believe in people and that is really what drove me to want to go to school for healthcare management. I have also always dreamed of being a manager and helping organizations achieve successful outcomes. It will take time to get there, but I have no doubt that it will be worth it.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2022 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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