Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Medical Spouse

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Three New Year’s Resolutions for Medical Students

Winter break is the perfect time for medical students to take a step back to relax, re-assess, and re-engage for the remainder of the academic year. Below are three resolutions that all medical students should make to motivate themselves for the grueling months ahead:
1. “I will schedule time for self-care” 
Many medical students simply do not spend enough time caring for their most valuable asset—themselves. Given the intense academic and clinical workload that medical school involves, it is common for students to lose sight of the importance of their own wellbeing. Use winter break to carefully review your schedule for the upcoming semester and deliberately schedule in self-care “appointments.” Self-care appointments can range from daily meditation for just a few minutes to a leisurely cup of coffee with a friend. The key is to choose those activities that help you de-stress and relax.

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Self-Care in Medical School: A Lesson from the Heart

As a first-year medical student only a few weeks into gross anatomy, I still have a lot to learn. In fact, it seems as if every new thing I learn reveals 5 more things that I need to learn. I understand that this is a common feeling; after all, medical school is one of the most (if not the most) fast-paced degree programs in the world.
With all the information to learn and the incredibly fast pace, medical school is a perfect storm for making students feel overwhelmed, stressed, depressed, frustrated, and so forth. I have already seen this is my classmates and felt it in myself at times. Because of this, self-care is absolutely critical.

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