As a predental student, there are many stressors that come our way. Balancing academics, volunteering, participating in club organizations and work are not only time consuming, but can be strenuous on our bodies as well. While juggling all of these responsibilities, it can be tough to find time to take care of yourself.
Just as quickly as the last semester ended, a new one began. You promised yourself to become more organized, get through all of the recommended readings and stick to a study schedule. One month into the semester, your desk is covered in dirty scrubs, leftover Chipotle and half-highlighted syllabi. In 30 days, your study goal has gone from hero to zero. Semester after semester, I lose the motivation to study because my desk is in the running for the next episode of “Hoarders.”
Maintaining the health of your back and neck muscles are vital for a long and successful practice. Building good habits as a dental student is important in creating a good foundation for the years of practice to come. To help keep a healthy posture, I enjoy doing yoga after a long day in clinic.
In dental school, it can be easy to get caught in a cycle of eating out or eating unhealthily, but meal prepping helps you stay healthy and save time, energy and money. And cooking is a good way to relieve stress.
Health care providers have a knack for neglecting their own health. We focus on our patients, but we need care, too. Over the last four years, I learned what worked (and what didn’t) to mentally, physically and socially keep myself well. These are my tips as a senior to help you get through school and stay well.
You’ve just started a new semester of school. You’re nearly two weeks in, not too overworked, but you already feel exhausted. Getting out of bed to get to school is a chore, and you’re left wondering where the zeal and excitement you had during your first semester went. This is a common routine for dental students around the country and is one of many manifestations of burnout.
If you keep up with Mouthing Off, then you’ve read several posts about stress relief and mental health. And if you are like me, you read them, but you don’t change any habits because of the notion that “there’s not enough time” to do so. Despite their stress-relieving benefits, I was continually telling myself that I didn’t have the time to do yoga or meditate. Over the past couple months, though, I noticed that with graduation looming, I was not sleeping well. I believed my lack of sleep was due to increased stress, so, while awake in the middle of the night, I searched for ways to relieve stress.