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How Do You Cope With Stress?

In my last community survey, I asked how you assess your stress level. The responses demonstrated just how diversely and how uniquely each person’s stress manifests.

This time, I would like to ask a follow up question and allow everyone to share how they deal with stress.

Beyond identifying and dealing with the source of the stress, I personally take more time to spend with my wife. I try to sleep earlier to catch up on rest. I take a step back from studying at home and instead take up sketching and drawing again while listening to music to help me relax. At work, I try to meditate during my breaks.

How do you cope with stress? Share your tips with everyone.

How Do You Gauge Your Stress?

Whenever I am stressed, there are some subjective markers I look at. I find myself more tired, I have a harder time concentrating, and I feel less motivated. 

Objectively however, I also have something to gauge my stress level. I have a tendency towards grinding my teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism. It is brought on by stress and goes away in its absence. The more stress I have, the more I grind my teeth. From inspecting my mouth guard every morning, I get a decent idea of how stressed I am.

So how do you gauge your stress level? Let me know in the comments and discussion below.

Study Week

I expect I will not be posting very much over the course of the coming week as the MCCQE part 1 is fast approaching. I thank you all for your patience and understanding.

I hope to see you all on the other side.

Sincerely,
Tom of the Medical State of Mind

Worst case scenario.
Despite my best preparations, there will always be questions that catch me off guard: a situation based question, a philosophical question, an ethical dilemmas. I have already stumbled through these questions during my CaRMS interviews; with practice and experience, hopefully less so.

Worst case scenario.

Despite my best preparations, there will always be questions that catch me off guard: a situation based question, a philosophical question, an ethical dilemmas. I have already stumbled through these questions during my CaRMS interviews; with practice and experience, hopefully less so.

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Possibly by Andrea Guerra.

This has been a tremendously difficult time for me. CaRMS has continued to be the top story of the week. There have been good news and bad news. Everyone is stressed and that is a bad environment to find yourself in. Whatever happens, I need to stay positive.

OSCE Passed.
Nervousness gave way to relief as I opened the email and reviewed my OSCE results. I passed. While I did not perform as poorly as I had anticipated, there were areas where I could improve upon. But that is for another day. I slinked back into the chair, closed my eyes and felt the tension in my body melt away.

OSCE Passed.

Nervousness gave way to relief as I opened the email and reviewed my OSCE results. I passed. While I did not perform as poorly as I had anticipated, there were areas where I could improve upon. But that is for another day. I slinked back into the chair, closed my eyes and felt the tension in my body melt away.

Inspired by a “stress reduction kit” I saw at my preceptor’s office, I decided to draft a silly stress reduction kit of my own, one that probably is more in line with how stress can feel like sometimes for a student.

Inspired by a “stress reduction kit” I saw at my preceptor’s office, I decided to draft a silly stress reduction kit of my own, one that probably is more in line with how stress can feel like sometimes for a student.

The Night Before

I have a full weekend of clinical exams ahead of me and I have spent the better part of this week preparing for it. It was about time I started to feel the pre-show jitters. A couple of dry runs through some scenarios today left me unsure if I would be up to the task. Tomorrow, we will see.

Colours In The Sky by Miami Horror featuring Cleopold.

I am going to the hospital library to study for my upcoming clinical exam this weekend. This is my motivational song of the day.

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That moment…

When you begin to second guess your crucial documentation during your application process. When you misread the submission guidelines about what needs to be included. When you make the mistake of speaking to a classmate about his CaRMS application.

It. Changes. Everything.