The incessant need to plan dominates nearly every aspect of our lives, dictating the choices we make and how we react to obstacles. It is easy to feel depleted by the bombardment of exams and courses, and we may even start to question whether it is feasible to continue working toward our goal.
The last few months have been unprecedented and extremely demanding in every possible way of all of us. Whether that be due to COVID-19, the conversations on racism or the 2020 election, this year has been difficult, to say the least.
Puppies are funny and cute. They are excited and curious, always ready to take on a challenge. When I think of the dental school experience, I think of dental students as puppies — excited to hold a handpiece and mirror for the first time, meeting patients and performing our first procedures.
The practice of meditation in some form has always been a part of my life. Growing up, my father would meditate and often speak to my brothers and I on the importance of the practice for the health of the connective relationship between mind, body and soul.
Every summer, I catch myself saying “I should come back here in the fall” after discovering a new state park or hiking trail. When I spent a week camping in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest, this thought was especially relevant. If you find yourself needing a break this fall, a drive through eastern Kentucky could be your solution.
In dentistry, mindfulness about posture is career-saving. With the amount of strain we place on our necks and backs, it is vital to be aware of correct posture and how to maintain it. There are various ways to remind ourselves of this.
Before I started dental school, I asked one of my dentistry mentors what she thought my biggest challenge would be. “Time,” she answered. But I wasn’t worried. I had a busy husband, three kids involved in sports and community groups, and a small business.