The New Year is always a good opportunity to resolve to become better people and improve our lives. Here are 7 New Year's resolutions for medical students to live a healthier, more balanced and productive university life.
1. Stick to your morning routine:
Being in a medical school is intense and it's easy to get caught up in the chaos and neglect of yourself. One of the most important things you can do to avoid this is to plan your morning routine. Get up at the same time every day, do your daily hygiene routine, prepare your breakfast and practice some stress-reducing activity such as meditation or yoga.
2. Recharge physically and mentally:
Medical studies can be very stressful and it's easy to lose motivation and energy. One of the best ways to maintain your vitality is to recharge both physically and mentally. Exercise, such as aerobics or swimming, to get your circulation going and increase the levels of endorphins produced by exercise. It's also important to take time to recharge your batteries mentally by reading a good book, going to the theatre or attending an arts event.
3. Get regular sleep:
Sleep is a critical factor for health and productivity. Even if you have a lot to do during the day, try to go to bed and wake up at the same time and get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep.
4. Eat healthy:
Pay attention to the food you eat, because good food is key to good health. Your New Year's resolutions might include eating more vegetables, fruit and whole grains, and less sugar and fatty foods.
5. Spend your free time doing something useful:
Medical students have a lot of class time and study time, but it's important to find time for leisure. New Year's resolutions might include finding a hobby that relaxes them and helps them de-stress, such as playing music, playing sports or reading.
6. Don't neglect personal relationships:
As well as studying and practising, it's important for medical students to make time for human contact. Your New Year's resolution might include spending more time with friends and family to keep your relationships strong and healthy.
7. Don't put things off:
Medical students often have a heavy workload, which can easily lead to procrastinating on the big tasks ahead. While postponing can be sustainable in the short run, it is almost certain that it will lead to failure in the long run. Don't put off important things.