I was back to school this week. It’s my third year of dental school – third year is not for the timid.
The first week back is usually kind of slow, but I really feel like I’ve been thrown into the deep end this week!
At our school, third year is the year we really learn to become dentists, or so upper year students have told us. And that’s really exciting. However, this means that we’re working with patients a lot, we’re calling and booking in patients a lot, and we’re dealing with situations that are new to us a lot. What does this amount to? A lot of stress.
I’m not going to mince words – I am TIRED. My kids were at my parents this week, so I’ve had the freedom to do my own thing, and I am still exhausted. Some of that is just due to the change in routine, but it’s also due to the stress.
I’ve been eating quite healthfully, but my workouts are starting to slide. I cut my bike ride 5 minutes short yesterday (at least it was only 5 minutes!) and I skipped my swim today after coming home and crashing on the couch.*Sigh* I knew that this would happen, but I had thought I’d at least be able to get through the first week of school! Apparently not.
Next week I’ve got a quiz, a case, and a test lined up. Not to mention patients to see for the first time in months. Gulp! I’m starting to feel overwhelmed, and I’m only four days in!
On the other hand, I visited my physical therapist today and my IT band injury is not too bad. No running this weekend, but I get to test it out on Monday. I’ll be doing strength exercises, stretching, and foam rolling, and I still get to bike, swim, and lift weights. Woohoo! That’s good news!
Well, I’m off to bed to rest up for tomorrow! We’ve got a fun afternoon planned. No, really – I’m being serious. The entire college is getting together to hang out and play some beach volleyball. Hope the weather is as nice tomorrow as it was today!
What’s your favourite healthy way to deal with stress when you’re short on time? How do you boost your energy without caffeine and sugar?