I want to begin by congratulating everyone who started their semester today! Even though my medical school started in the summer, today still felt like my first official day. As my first lecture of day began I realized how much of a nerd I really am because I genuinely enjoyed it but thats not to say I understood it (lol).
I know this semester will come with many challenges, but I have faith that I will get through it because I am here for a reason and so are all of you.
I want to share my goals for this fall semester with you all and maybe check back later to see how it went.
1. Strengthen my relationship with God.
I believe our faith plays a protective role in maintaining our mental wellbeing.
2. Meditate or Do Yoga more often.
I try to do this now but not as much as I want to. So we'll see what happens! If you have any Yoga/Meditation tips send it my way!
3. Don't compare myself to my class mates.
I know I'm smart, but we all have moments of weakness and I hope I can recognize it and get myself out of it.
4. Take care of my body.
I feel like I say this all the time when a new semester or year begins but I want to work on establishing a more regular workout routine and eat healthier. I guess we'll see what happens.
5. Be kind to myself.
This isn't to say that i'm mean to myself rather I want to make a more conscious effort to show compassion to myself and not be so rigid. Being in a high-stress environment like med school, you can forget to be kind to yourself with all the pressure of doing well on your shoulders.
All of my goals revolve around the mind, body, and spirit, which is the philosophy that my medical school as an osteopathic medical school follows. In order to be a great physician, you need to attend to yourself before caring for another human being. Physician and medical student burnout and suicide is real. That is the very reason as future healthcare professionals, we need to take care of our mind, body, and spirit as much as you care for you grades.
Best of luck this semester!