How to deal with stress in medical school

Stress is a constant around medical students… it is a huge obstacle that enables a huge amount of them to enjoy and really take the best out of their medical education. I want all of my peer medical students to enjoy this journey as much as I do, and to love every aspect of it as much as I do. That’s why I decided to write this post on what I do to keep stress far away.

  1. Always have a planner / agenda / to-do list with you!

Time management is a huge deal when it comes to stress. If you always know exactly what you have to do, when are tasks or projects due, and how much time you have left before a test, then you’ll be able to allocate enough time to each of those things.

2. Create a routine that works for you… it doesn’t have to be a boring one

So what I did for this semester is, I allocated enough time each day to study and prepare for classes. I try to be ahead of what I’m learning in class, so that way when the time comes I already know what questions to ask and what to look for. I know some people think there is no time for doing that, but trust me, there is, and preparing classes takes a huge deal in academic success. And then after the class I go ahead and review the material. Finally, the weekend before each test, I have my friends stay with me at my place and we all study together. In order for this study group to work, what we do is, we each choose a few topics we like and then each person explains the topics they choose to the rest of the group.

3. Treat yourself as a priority!

This is absolutely mandatory! Sometimes medical students forget they have needs too, so they don’t sleep the amount of time they requiere, they have terrible eating habits, and most of all, a whole lot of them don’t even leave some time for relaxation. I love to read and take long walks with my dog, and it’s something that I really need in order to keep my sanity. Therefore I include a time slot in my schedule for these activities.

4. It’s all about the place!

I know we all spend tons of hours studying in a desk. Due to this fact, that “desk” (and by desk I mean the whole room you use) needs to be as soothing as possible. So light some scented candles, open up a window, buy a lamp, or whatever you feel appropriate in order to ensure you have all you need in order to feel comfortable in that place.

I hope this helps you! Don’t forget your goals, and focus all of your energy into the positive aspects of life.

 

Lots of love

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  1. Helpful tips! I need to work on implementing #3 into my own life. It’s so easy to put school above your own well-being.

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