Medical Students: How to Stay Healthy
Medical school is an incredibly challenge experience for every attendee. Students are expected to absorb and process massive amounts of information in a very short period of time. They are expected to spend countless hours each week reading and studying, in addition to time spent attending classes. As if that wasn’t enough, many medical students are attempting to retain some semblance of a social life—or perhaps spend time with their significant other. When you put it all together, you realize that medical school students simply don’t have the time of day to do everything they’d like to get done. Sleep is compromised, exercise is compromised, eating habits are compromised—and stress levels fly through the roof. As a result, many students get sick—which only makes life more challenging. Below are four tips to help medical students say healthy despite the challenges of their day to day life:
1) Eat right. It’s incredibly easy to develop poor eating habits in college. The reality is that eating right takes time—it’s much easier to order a pizza or drive through McDonalds than it is to prepare a balanced meal. Not only is it important to establish good habits for later in life, but eating healthy will ensure that your body has the nutrition it needs to fight off illness now. And, eating right will give you more energy and the ability to focus on your studies.
2) Get plenty of exercise. Again, exercise is one of the first activities that many medical students sacrifice. It is hard enough to motivate yourself to get to the gym when you DO have plenty of time—so when time is short, it’s easy to see why the gym is sacrificed. But exercise will keep your mind and body strong. You don’t have to go to the gym, either—consider joining an intramurals team or finding a group of friends to play sports with. Exercise is not optional!
3) Keep stress under control. The stress of medical school is hard to overstate. Between attending class, studying, and preparing for tests, there are always seemingly thousands of details to be attended to. Unfortunately, the stress generated by this reality can have a negative effect. Minimize stress by staying organized and by prioritizing how you spend your time. Medical school will always be stressful, but by prioritizing and managing your time efficiently, you can keep stress to a minimum.
4) Get plenty of sleep. Most medical students do not get the sleep they need, and it’s easy to understand why. But consistently getting a good night’s sleep will help you stay healthy—and will help you to be more productive and more focused when you are awake. It takes discipline to go to bed when there is so much you could be doing—but in the long run, you are better off if you can get eight hours of sleep each night!
You’ve got plenty to worry about in medical school—so it’s easy to overlook yourself. But getting sick will only make your life harder—so follow these four steps and stay healthy! If you’d like further information, please get in touch with me today!
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