Dealing with Stress
|March 16, 2011||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
Excerpt posted by nelonvet at the Student Doctor Network:
“I’d like to offer advice if anyone cares…about what helped me get through the rigors of veterinary school. I strictly follow these things as they truly have helped me stay sane:
1.) Drink plenty of water (seriously)
2.) ALWAYS set a time to go to bed…even if I never finished studying fo ran exam…I didn’t care, bed time was 10:30 p.m. and I got up at 6…never missed that rule except once or twice due to some emergency issues.
3.) Always eat breakfast, always eat every meal of the day…always…always…there’s never an excuse of I had not time…you can always make time to eat during class.
4.) Hang out with friends
5.) Exercise****this one is key to feeling physically and mentally good…I used to take naps that helped me stay focused longer when I studied…I found out 30minutes of exercise is just as good at that and it gets me in good shape…double bonus!
6.) Don’t forget your friends na dfmaily wherever your’re from (if you came from far away)…always keep in touch once a week, it’s usch a relief to hear from them and talk to them.
7.) Skip some classess…yep.. I said it…you should be able to tell after the first exam fro each class whether its even worth your time (especially the morning classes) of going to the class o rnot. Like, this semester, I’m skipping literally half my classes (4 day weekend!!!) because the teachers are either so bad at presenting the information I learn it better myelf…or they just test right from the slides…no point in waking up early or going to school..i’m having a grand ‘ol time!
8.) Get all your essential amino acids, fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals…you’ll need ‘em all!
9.) Join some clubs, it’ll help you connect
10.) Get a hobby totally unrelated to school…this one has really kept me going at tough time!”
Mel back in – There are many situations where this advice applies beyond vet school. This list looks suspiciously like one I would make for “how to get through an endurance ride”. I think that making a plan BEFORE you embark on something designed to stretch you to your limits is key. Chose a few “commitments”, put them in a visible place, and revisit them often. My four commitments that are written on my bathroom mirror are:
1. Food as fuel
2. Keep moving
3. Don’t over commit
4. Adequate sleep
They aren’t goals or aspirations. They are commitments to how I want to live my life every single day.