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!
What are your favorite mindfulness practices/resources? I would love to hear from you!
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!
Over the weekend I received my short white coat at White Coat Ceremony! This ceremony marks the transition from the pre-clinical to clinical years of medical school. After one more lecture test at school and studying for and taking step 1, I’ll finally be in the hospital learning from patients.
I started carrying a purse to school in the 4th grade. Why did I need a purse? For all of my reading-for-fun books. Yeah, I was that cool. Back then, the big trend was handmade purses with a contrasting trim. Mine was denim with an American flag border. Ever since I’ve always carried a purse, even now when most of my classmates just carry their wallets in their backpacks.