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.
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.
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.
Tom of the Medical State of Mind
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.
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.