Over the past few years, my lunches have been fairly boring. Always a turkey sandwich, wheat bread, and no mayo (because it’s gross). Recently I decided to give meal prep a try to make lunch time a little more interesting. Since I started studying for my board exam a couple of weeks ago, I have been setting aside time on Saturday afternoons to cook my lunches for the week. It has worked out really well so far! I’ve found myself snacking less because the meals are so much more nutrient packed than a plain sandwich. Here are some recipes I have tried or will try in the near future (links direct to recipe author’s website):
Breakfast Stuffed Peppers (I’m a proponent of eating breakfast foods at any time of day.)
Bonus: A meal prep subreddit
Do you meal prep? What are some of your favorite recipes? Let me know in the comments!
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Wow! I can’t believe it’s only been half of a week since I finished my second year of medical school. It seems like so much has happened since then. On Friday evening I attended Cadaver Ball, which is basically med school prom for the 1st and 2nd-year students (see my dress here). It was a blast! There were light up tambourines! And pretty dresses! That was enough to keep me amused. In true prom fashion, the class submitted superlatives. Mine was “most likely to look adorable, slay med school, and then blog about it.” I spent the rest of the weekend doing chores, meal prepping, and relaxing before my dedicated study time for the dreaded Step 1 exam.
Well, we have a few courses to talk about. I’ve honestly been dreading writing this post, so I put it off as long as possible. Now that it’s the end of MS2, I figured I should go ahead and post. I was dreading writing these course reviews because I started getting bored with the series. My study habits haven’t changed much, so I don’t have much to say. I’ll just give a quick blurb about each course:
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If I’ve learned anything over the past two years of medical school, it’s that life and school are stressful. Life comes at you fast, and you never know what is coming! Fortunately, there are ways to prepare for stressful situations. When I started medical school, “mindfulness” seemed like a social media fad, so I ignored it and dove head first into school. At the beginning of the second year of medical school, I had built up so much anxiety that I knew something had to change. I was burned out, so I decided to talk to the school counselor. She introduced me to mindfulness, and it has made such a difference in my happiness and approach to life and school over the past year. Today I’m sharing 3 ways to practice mindfulness, and I hope you find these practices helpful!
Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert in mindfulness, and this post should not be taken as medical advice.
- Start your day with you time. Every morning I make a cup of coffee and read a devotion from the First 5 app. Spending a quiet moment with God in the morning centers me and prepares me for the day ahead. You could also try meditating or reading, as long as what you’re reading doesn’t stress you out!
- Breathing exercises: When I’m stressed out and my heart is racing, I try to do a breathing exercise or guided meditation. It helps calm me down so I can think more clearly. My favorite app for guided meditations is Smiling Mind because the guide has an Australian accent.
- Do something that you love to do. I love to go for walks in the park in the springtime (before the Louisiana heat makes it miserable). It’s so nice to just enjoy nature and forget about everything that is stressing me out. Whatever it is that you love to do, make sure that you’re making time for it often.
What are your favorite mindfulness practices/resources? I would love to hear from you!
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Hi, friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful Tuesday! I’m back at school today for my last two weeks of MS2. These last two weeks are part of a course called “Integrative,” and we are having lectures and small groups that pull together concepts from all of our coursework over the past two years. After the semester is over, I’ll start my dedicated study time for Step 1 (6 weeks). It all feels so surreal that in a few short months I’ll finally be working with patients!