Medical school sure is a wild ride and amongst all of that time spent learning how to look after other peoples’ health, it can be very easy to forget how important it is to look after your own health and your own sense of wellbeing in the meantime. Luckily, with positive strategies in place to prevent stress and distress your ride through university will promise to be an enjoyable and fulfilling journey with an exceptional destination. Everyone has their own ways of keeping themselves away from the blues, find what works for you!
Five positive things you can do for your health, right now.
1. Be Positive.
Focus on things you can change rather than things you can’t. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good.
Staying up all night to prepare for a tutorial? Never a good idea. Set yourself a reasonable bedtime and stick to it.
3. Keep Active.
Whether it’s the gym, a walk, a swim or a hike, it’s very important to do at least something to get your body moving. Exercising is excellent for your memory and will make your study more efficient.
4. Invest Time in Friends and Family.
Strong and healthy relationships, whether they’re formed through a d-floor sesh at an AMSS event or a childhood friend, are fundamental to your wellbeing.
5. Achieve Flow.
Flow: being so immersed in an activity that you lose track of timeThrough keeping up with your hobbies as a well-earned break and a constant reminder that life is much bigger than what you study at university.
While some times of year are particularly critical for those sitting exams, your personal health is something that should be considered by everyone, all year round.
Everyone goes through their ups and downs, but it’s important to you can get on top of these issues before they start to spiral out of control. There are so many issues we face every day in MedSchool including academic (workload, exams, academic performance), personal (life events, relationships, neglected recreation or hobbies), financial, and confronting circumstances (sick patients, stressed supervisors).
First up: don’t be ashamed. Many students feel there is a stigma associated with experiencing anxiety or distress. Feelings of weakness, shame and embarrassment are common, but they don’t need to be. The most important step for anyone feeling down or overwhelmed is to ask for help. It’s important also to look out for those around you. If you think someone is taking things a little hard or isn’t quite their usual self, ask! It’s better to be safe than sorry and you could be the one to make the difference.
What help is available to me?
Check out our list of who to contact here. It also has some useful resources and external websites with more info.
Still haven’t had your question answered?
Feel free to get in touch with Rachel or Helena, the AMSS' Health and Wellbeing Representatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions!