There are lots of different ways to deal with stress and anxiety. I deal with stress in three specific ways:
(In no particular order)
- I eat
- I workout
- I sleep
Okay, I must admit that sometimes I cry (picture me, sobbing into my anatomy notes). But since Step 1 of the USMLE aka BOARDS were over in June, I have done a lot less crying. During final exams my freshman year of college I broke out in hives from stress. Apparently I had done that before as a kid- according to my mom.
My third year of medical school is coming to an end. I only have 2 more rotations left: general surgery and OBGYN. With fourth year around the corner, everything is becoming VERY real. I have to pick a specialty that I will do forever. I have to start my application for that specialty. I have to find letters of recommendation, write a personal statement, plan out my fourth year schedule leaving time to go on interviews. I have to make sure my resume is as perfect as possible. I’m feeling a lot of pressure to make sure my last 2 grades of third year are as high as they can be.
These things are all SUPER exciting and I’m loving every minute of planning my future. But I also can’t help but feel overwhelmed at times and anxious most times. I don’t think I’m stressed, I just have a slightly higher than normal bit of anxiety running through me 24/7.
To deal with this extra anxiety, I’ve been eating extra snacks, doing extra push-ups, and taking anxiety naps.
Anxiety naps are the worst.
An ‘Anxiety nap’ is when you are feeling overwhelmed in the mid-afternoon so you lie down to take a quick 20 or 30 minute nap and recharge. Throughout the entire nap your heart beats so strongly you can feel it in your chest. You become very conscious of your breathing. You try to take deep breaths and calm down. But your heart keeps on beating like you just ran up 8 flights of stairs. Your mind races with thoughts of “I shouldn’t be napping. I should be studying/cleaning/emailing/whatever.” You drift in and out of sleep mixed with pangs of anxiety until finally you give up and get back up. The only thing that will alleviate your stress is to get stuff done.
That is an anxiety nap.
I take them all the time.
Have you ever taken an anxiety nap?
Okay, enough of my craziness. You probably think I’m a huge medical school freak.
Instead of oatmeal I made a big batch of bulgar and topped it with a little maple syrup, almond milk and blueberries. Amazingness.
I did this 8 minute workout first thing in the morning to get my heart pumping:
- 50 jumping jacks
- 5 push-ups
- 20 sit-ups
- 20 mountain climbers
- Plank for 30 seconds
- 7 burpees
- Repeat 1 time
Then I was off to lecture at 6:30 am.
I made a ginormous pan of skinny chicken enchiladas on Sunday. These will be eaten twice a day until my exam is over Wednesday afternoon. So delicious. I had my enchiladas on a bed of brussels sprouts salad (raw brussels sprouts put through the food processor) and topped with avocado.
Some quality studying was done at the white board. I am a HUGE fan of studying at a white board. I even vlogged about it here
1 hour and 20 minutes on the treadmill while watching Revenge and studying. I did some walking on an incline, some jogging, some running, and then just regular walking when I got super into my notes.
After my treadmill time I did some quality stretching/yoga. My legs were pretty stiff from all that walking on an incline, so downward dog felt divine!!
Told you I would eat these skinny chicken enchiladas twice a day until Wednesday afternoon!!! Recipe will be up tomorrow I promise!
Oh yes, I also ate 1/2 apple at lunch and the other 1/2 at dinner.
I just had to have dessert while I was
facebooking/reading blogs/online shopping studying. So I made myself a chocolate mug cake and man oh man was it yummy! I blended up 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 heaping TBS cocoa powder, 2 big spoonfuls of stevia, and a pinch of salt until it was all evenly mixed and the oatmeal had a flour-like texture.
Then I added in 1 TBS coconut oil and a splash of liquid egg whites. This made a brownie batter consistency. Lastly, I added in a bunch of chocolate chips I had left over from my chocolate cherry granola. Then I microwaved the whole thing for 1 minute until it was hot and gooey.
Well… judging by this picture you can tell it was good.
How do you deal with anxiety?
Have you ever taken an anxiety nap?
Did you watch the new Revenge?? It was awesome!!