Wellness

Healthy Eating

  • Wellness Committee;s Blog for Healthy Recipes: www.spinachandbananas.blogspot.com
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Wellness Information

I want to challenge you to reflect on how you’re doing personally. Check in with your thoughts, feelings and body. Don’t be afraid to ask a classmate how they are truly doing. Some students have asked me if seeking out counseling and mental health resources will impact your grades or ability to get a license. These services provide confidentiality and school personnel are restricted from reviewing or using such information in their assessment of students. Additionally, seeking help should not impact one’s ability to get a license unless you pose a threat to yourself or others.

The purpose of this message is to remind you about the support resources within the community and some tips to help you through medical school.

Tips:

  • Talk about your mental health.
  • Seek support and build a success team.
  • Chat with your lead advisor and use them as an accountability partner.
  • Keep something for yourself through this process.
  • Realize medical school is supposed to be hard and find ways to embrace stress in health ways.

Lifehacks:

  • Listen to study material between class/rotations and on the way to school.
  • Involve your family and loved one’s in your study process and journey.
  • Consider investing in services to ease your life such as Blue Apron, Instacart, and housecleaning services (iu.care.com- IU HR offers a free subscription).
  • Surround yourself with positive people and reminders of things you love.
  • Take 30 minutes before bed to decompress from the day.
  • Eat, Sleep, Meditate, and don’t forget to laugh out loud (research supports these aforementioned items as instant stress busters).
  • Use the Medically Speaking board to express yourself (and check out the resources we posted).

Timesaver:

  • Pair two things at the same time (e.g. exercising and catching up with significant other).
  • Reduce maintenance- crockpot meals.
  • Stick to a schedule and don’t cram.
  • Protect your time blocks (e.g. study time should mean no distractions).

Resources:

Please know that we have an open door policy in MSE. Feel free to stop by and chat anytime.

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