The lives of medical students are often times overwhelmingly stressful. It seems like there is not enough time in the day for them to learn the huge amount of information that they are expected to for each exam. Because of this, medical students barely find the time to sleep or eat, and their health often comes second to their studies. This is not a sustainable way of living, and many medical students find themselves in very bad condition after months of forgoing sleep and a healthy diet. It’s important to balance your life while you are studying medicine, and not let it take over your life, but realize that for a medical student to give their 100% effort during their studies, they must be 100% healthy. Here are four tips to lead a healthy lifestyle while you are going through medical school.
Take Care of Yourself
You may have to deal with the negative consequences of your current behavior to your health down the road. Health Eating saves you money so you don’t have to get stuck in bad financial choices like payday loans. It is important to eat plenty of fresh and healthy food, as easy as it is to eat pre-packaged meals and fast food. Also make sure to get in some daily exercise, whether that’s going on a run or walking around the block–anything is better than nothing. Make sure to get adequate sleep, even if you are tempted to pull an all-nighter realize that this usually does more harm than good to your exam results. Despite all of this, you should also realize that as a medical student, you have chosen a career path that is much riskier than others. Because of this, it is very important to have adequate life insurance to protect your most valuable asset: your ability to earn an income. Life Insurance will protect your loved ones from the student debt that you’ve racked up and give them financial security if something were to happen to you.
Participate in Stress-Relieving Activities
It’s important to have good time-management skills so you can set a side a time everyday to do something that relieves the massive amounts of stress that is placed on you as a medical student. Do yoga, exercise, spend time with friends, or listen to music—anything that makes you feel better after a long day of studying. Do not let the stress of medical school affect your health, studies, or relationships.
Don’t Forget to Socialize
It can be all too easy to get caught up in medical school and forget to spend time with the ones you love. If you are far away from your family, give them a call every once in a while to let them know how you are doing. Also try not to drop those friends that didn’t go to medical school, as they are a good way to take a breather from all things medicine.
Take a Day to Relax
All work and no play is no way to live a life, even if it is just temporary. There are plenty of opportunities in medical school to relax and have fun for the night. Go to a beach, or a bar, anything that will take your mind of exams. Remember that it’s called medical school not medical prison.