Stress is not always a bad thing. There are instances when using energy can actually give you more energy. Stress may not always be something to run from.
Phil: All right, Jenna, I want to talk about good stress versus bad stress, good exhaustion versus bad exhaustion. You taught a continuing education course this weekend, which is one of your dream career goals. And it was a lot of stress leading up to it. A lot of stress in the weekend and left you completely exhausted. Tell me how that can be a good thing.
Jenna: So it's definitely a different kind of stress when you think about it, because yes, I felt stressed, but it was easier for me to reframe it as like excitement and nerves versus like feeling like I'm actually exhausted or like I'm getting burnt out because you know, all week I practiced and I practiced and it was like every minute that I had to think about anything, I was thinking about the course that was leading up, right? And that can feel stressful, but...
Dear PT Students,
It took me 26 minutes to fill out my March Madness bracket (Illinois is going to win in case you were wondering).
It is always hard to predict. Anything can happen in March and you can look at what a team did during the season, but that doesn’t always translate to success in the tournament. Over the next few weeks we will see upsets, surprising outcomes, and some expected ones.
Number one seeds can fall in the first round and eight seeds in the final four. I think this is the perfect analogy for PT school. Once you graduate, once you prove you know enough everyone has a shot at success. Some will see it immediately, some will see it down the road, but don’t think how well you did in PT school predicts it at all.
4.0 students may struggle (and that’s okay) and 3.0s may thrive immediately. Once you graduate, don’t worry about what it took to get there. ...
We talked last week about the comparison between PA and PT, but it was incomplete. We looked at what it meant on the surface without diving deeper into the true issue. What things in PT make people want to go to another career like PA? Why do PTs want to leave the profession they went to school for?
Instant panic. I woke up suddenly and immediately thought we are not ready! We are NOT ready! I knew there were still so many things to be done. Even if we finished them all, there was no way they were all going to work out correctly.
I exchanged emails with Jenna conveying my utter terror. She agreed, which offered no comfort. We weren’t ready.
Knowing that she felt the same, I sent an email asking if we should put it off another week or two. Then we’d be ready. Yeah, two weeks sounded a lot better.
But, she disagreed declaring, "We can’t put it off. We have to do this now!" Although I didn’t want to, I begrudgingly gave in and got to work.
Many would say I am at the pinnacle of my career. I am blessed to be able to consult with professional sports teams, businesses, and the US military. I’ve gotten to be on research teams who have changed the way we look at injury reduction in military and sport. But in spite of this apparent success from an...