Time is crunched in medical school, thus you want to spend most of your time healthy and ready to take on the immense amount of work that is continually thrown at you. Although this is an optimal situation, life still happens during medical school. All the effects of unexpected events that happen in life are amplified in medical school due to the stress and sheer amount of work. Below I’ve listed the top 3 strategies that you can use to help you deal with life’s events as a medical school student.
- Analyze your relationships. You have to be open and honest about your close inner circle and your outer circle. Think about how someone makes you feel and be sure you have a conversation regarding your new life as a medical student. Time will be a new factor that may or may not impact your relationships.
- Set clear boundaries. It is easy in medical school to feel guilty about not being completely present in every friendship you are in, but that is normal. You are naturally programmed to make your friends and family proud, but sometimes it is okay to realize that medical school does have priority.
- Be true to yourself. This is a concept that I continue to work on myself and in my relationships. You must be open with your feelings and listen to the voice inside of you. It’s easy in medical school to get caught up with all of the work that needs to be down and turn off the emotions inside of you. But those feelings inside of you are equally as important, so listen to yourself.