5 Stress Relievers To Deal With Change

Done. With. Residency.

Stress Relievers

I can’t even believe how quickly all of these years have gone by. It has been the most incredible experience, but not one that I think I could endure ever again. With residency complete, Marwan and I have accepted positions as hospitalists in another state. We are so excited to start this chapter in our lives, it is one we have spent over 11 years training for. But we are also very stressed about it.

Residency provided such a cushion for us, having other residents and attendings to check our every move. Now, we are on our own! No one to double-check our orders or run things by without any judgement. We know we have the right training to do so, but it is still a scary step.

On top of this, we have a new baby, we just moved to a new city, and we have our boards coming up in August, yikes! The stress is officially out-of-control. Instead of letting the stress paralyze me, I am choosing to just take it day-by-day. I am enjoying the fact that I am no longer in residency, and I am soaking up every second that I get to be home with Grayson. I am also trying to remember to do the things that keep me sane. No matter how much I have to do every day, I still have to make time for myself.

5 Stress Relievers

  1. Exercise: I am finally able to workout again without any restrictions! It has been hard to get into the swing of it again, but when I do workout, I feel so much better afterwards. Because of this, I am scheduling the time into my day, no matter what.
  2. Showers: It is amazing what a hot shower or bath can do for you. Any new mom will likely tell you that she is lucky to get a shower every day. But this applies to everyone who is overly busy. Even just a 5 minute shower can help quiet your mind and relax you. If you have the time, take a long bath to help unwind.
  3. Music: I play lots of music throughout the day. Ever notice how your mind has a hard time focusing when your to-do list is too long? If your mind is on your to-do list, then you can’t focus on the task at hand. Playing some upbeat background music can help you focus, make you feel good, and increase your productivity.
  4. Quiet Time: Timeouts are a punishment as a child, but as an adult they are a welcome period of peace and quiet. Watch tv, read a book, hang out with your significant other. Every night, Marwan and I stop trying to get things accomplished and just unwind by doing nothing.
  5. Get Outside: Fresh air will clear any mind and help get you refocused on your tasks. It also helps wake up a sleepy brain and get you feeling energized without having to drink caffeine.

I hope these stress relievers help you out! Now I just need to survive the next 5 weeks of my life until my board exam…


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