Meeting your health goals can be challenging, especially when finding a balance between healthy living and dental school. Your smart phone can be the perfect health tool, but you need to choose the right app. Health, exercise and nutrition can become both fun and accessible with the right apps. Whether you are taking your first steps towards a healthy lifestyle or looking to re-vamp your fitness routine, these four free health apps may make a difference!
As a dental student and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast, I grapple face-to face with new techniques, drills, and people. The plethora of information thrown at me can seem overwhelming. But performing in these situations becomes second nature with enough repetition and practice. Both disciplines helped me become more intuitive of my surroundings and the people with whom I interact on a daily basis.
During the second semester of my first year, my classmates and I realized that the pace of school was picking up. There was even less time to eat and sleep, let alone meal prep or exercise. Dental school was a constant gas pedal and I saw how drained other students got as each week passed. That was when my Health & Wellness Committee put together a breakfast event. I brainstormed recipes that were a quick, simple and healthier alternative to what we, as machines with no time, would normally scarf down in a hot minute. Someone suggested that I just make muffins and call it a day. I shook my head because to me, muffins are basically cake for breakfast. But since I do indeed love muffins, I decided to find a way to make myself feel less guilty.
My wife and I knew it was time for a change. We were a six months away from our wedding date and we wanted to get in shape. The lifestyle of dental school and working life had made unflattering changes to our bodies. Essentially, we wanted to get in shape before we said ‘I do.’ We joined a gym to begin our fitness journey. After a month we were seeing some results, but not as rapidly as we needed. Gym leaders discussed the opportunity to participate in an ‘elimination style’ diet. I had never heard of an elimination diet before, but we were both intrigued. Our decision to participate in the diet provided us the results we desired in time for our special day. But what is an elimination diet?
Look up the statistics and it’ll be apparent how big of a problem addiction is. Not just with drugs or alcohol, either. Every day, people face addictions related to drugs, sex, gambling and even food. Odds are, you know or will know one of these people. You may even be one.
Addiction is a serious disease, one that can consume a person. It’s a prison. And before you can break out of prison, you must first realize you are locked up.
This is where you, the friend, can help.
Live, laugh, love. How many times have you heard that phrase? It encompasses the core components of “wellness,” but at times we find difficulty achieving it. In dental school, we can become so busy that we forget to eat. How can we balance life, work and happiness? One easy answer is pets or animals in general, especially the cute and furry ones.
As a busy mom myself, one of the phrases I hear most from others (and think often to myself) is “I don’t have time for this.” It is natural instinct to “push things to the back burner” if they do not require your immediate attention. However, making a financial plan while in dental school and after should receive the same attention as practicing dentistry. This can be difficult when you are prioritizing a career that you have invested so much time and money in. However, if you do not prioritize your finances along with your dental practice, you may find yourself quickly approaching an inflexible financial situation when you least expect (or least need) it. Making a financial plan may not come naturally to you, as you have focused years on dentistry and not finances. Most dental schools offer very little (or nothing) in the way of financial education, which makes it even more important for you to be financially proactive yourself.
Dental school can be incredibly stressful. Even the healthiest and most confident student can succumb to hard days, external pressures and self-doubt. Depression and burnout are real concerns. In spring of 2014, ASDA lost our past president, Jiwon Lee, to suicide. Later that year, then-president Dr. Kris Mendoza wrote, “We wished we would have known that she was suffering. Everyone wishes they could have helped her. But she kept her troubles to herself.”