Friday, November 30, 2012

Managing stress in dental school

I wrote this article for Penn’s ASDA newsletter OPenn Wide called “How to manage stress in dental school”. Mid- to late-October was a pretty rough time for me, and as I was doing my mini-interviews for this article, it was motivating to talk to classmates about how they stayed motivated in dental school.

Betty the editor and I were discussing what I should write about, and what interested me most was how others were keeping this up, how they kept pushing through. It’s fascinating how everyone deals with stress differently (everyone also studies in wildly different ways, but that’s a post for another time).

I open with a reminder from my favorite newsletter:

Eating a healthy diet will help you stay energized, focused, and well rested during times of stress. If you are not mindful and eat junk food or frequently skip meals, you are more likely to perform poorly or get sick during stressful times.

So true. Junk food can be instantly comforting, but I always feel worse afterwards.

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These are the wonderful people I’m studying with at Penn.

14 comments:

  1. the girl that day dreams about cats seems awesome

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    1. Um, yeah. She's not getting a cat anymore though...

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  2. Cats are definitely a great stress reliever!

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    1. I really want a small pot-bellied pig! I wish they had furrier ones so I could snuggle with them.

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