Help me maintain a positive attitude in medical school.
February 10, 2012 10:34 AM Subscribe
Help graduate (medical) school not grind me down. Recommend me stress / harm reduction techniques for maintaining positivity and a general sense of optimism?
posted by kurosawa's pal to human relations (10 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I've always been a very chill, relaxed person who didn't let too much get me down. All through undergrad, I would just surf and go to classes/work, and managed to eke out my pre-med classes okay. Here comes to the crux of my problem – I've now been in medical school for half a year, and I've found that my personality has taken on a new bitter, cynical and easily irritated tone.
I don't know if it's the stress, or the high-school 'esque' closed quarters of medical school, where I'm in contact with the same 150 people day-in and day-out, with two week test schedules, but I've come to realize that my personality has shifted in a very disturbing manner.
I previously didn't care and didn't badmouth people's traits, but now I feel that people annoy me more and more, to the point that I just spent a good 15 minutes venting to a close friend about a colleague's superiority complex. I don't think this is healthy, and I'm concerned that this sort of back-biting will further transform my personality into something I don't like.
I feel like I entered medical school with great hopes of being a great healer and helping people, and it's like the grind of massive tests every two weeks has been wearing me down, and the stress and constant proximity to other personalities has made me an angrier / more easily irritated person.
To conclude : I'm seeking techniques that will help me etch out and maintain a positive attitude in the midst of massive stress and negativity. And advice from other medical students/graduate students/people who are in high-stress situations would also be welcomed!
Thanks in advance, fellow Metafilterians.