Residency is hard. PERIOD. It doesn’t matter what specialty you decide to pursue; each program has its unique challenges and there’s a huge learning curve. In fact, you’re learning your trade over several years. It takes time and experience. But it’s not all bad! In fact, I really do enjoy residency. There are good days and bad days. I thought I would share some of the fun things I have gotten a chance to do even in the pandemic and some future plans of mine! Again, hope is on the horizon!
It’s no secret that I love being outside. I’ve enjoyed taking some of my free time (especially right after I get home) and going for a walk/jog/run outside. Being outside is so important to me because it just uplifts my mood. Then, I can take on the rest of my to-do’s in the evenings.
Over the summer, I spent a lot of time in the pool with my co-residents. We were able to be outside and physical distance, and it allowed us some time to get to know each other. Plus, who doesn’t love water and sunshine?
Another exciting thing is that I finally got to read—LEISURE READ. I haven’t done that in YEARS! It was really enjoyable because it’s a book I’ve had on my list to read for the last two years. It was nice while it lasted before having to hit the books and study again.
I’ve also really, really gotten into skincare! I’ve been learning a lot from dermatologists and finding the right products for my skin type and tone. I’m currently in a major skin overhaul right now and buying products on sale (I love a good bargain)! So, it’s been nice to transition into finding a permanent routine for what works for me!
Lastly, I’ve got many things to look forward to! My 28th birthday is in the month of March, and I’m so excited! Also, I’ve got my first vacation of intern year coming up—actually, make it two! I’m spending both vacations visiting my closest friends. I can’t wait to have some time off to recharge!
Thoughts from a psychiatry resident physician,