For many of us, finding the right balance between medical school and our actual lives is difficult to achieve. Med school is just so time consuming. When you’re not in lectures or clinical rotations, you’re surely studying for another big exam.
One of the best ways that I’ve found to cope with this endless cycle is to make sure I set aside a certain amount of time for myself every day. Whether it is to get outdoors, go to the gym, or just download music, I need at least an hour or two a day to remind myself that there is more to life than endless work and studying. I highly suggest anyone reading this article to do the same. You may be thinking that you do not have an hour or two to spare during the day. I found mine by forcing myself to wake up a little earlier. I never thought I could be an early riser, but I’m finally accustomed to it and it feels great. Another option is to stay up just a little later. Don’t get me wrong, this has not been a daily luxury, but most days it has worked out, and is very doable. Allowing yourself to use that time for some type of stress relieving activity will also allow you to think clearer throughout the day, and keep you healthy for those long shifts. Hope all you readers out there are finding ways to find your balance as well.