8 Tips on De-stressing for Med Tech Students (Board Exam Edition)

Board exam season is fast-approaching and we all know what this means – all-nighters, caffeine-induced study sessions, and piles of reviewers. Every quiz, memorization, and (hopefully occasional) mental breakdowns all lead up to this one, fateful event. Just know that stressing yourself up too much won’t help you become a Registered Medical Technologist. Let’s face it, you’ve dealt with stress more times than you can count and this is just one of many. You’ve been so occupied for the last few days that the word “break” doesn’t exist in your vocabulary anymore. But you do need a break and de-stressing is so important because it will help you calm your nerves and think more clearly. So ditch those Microbiology notes for a while and buckle up for some essential de-stressing tips.

1. Compile your notes.

Too tired to read one more chapter? Try organizing your notes. It could help you read easier and looking for them won’t be as hard as it used to be.

2. Take a nap.

Need we say more?

3. Stay away from your phone.

You’ll just end up tweeting “Help. Med Tech student struggling. #WhatisLife” and completely spend hours on social media. It would bring out the most unproductive version of yourself and now’s not the time for that. So just don’t.

4. Stop looking at the time.

Analog or digital, it doesn’t matter. Looking at the clock would just have you waiting for the time to pass. You’d probably end up zoning out and completely unfocused.

5. Find something green.

Get your mind out of the gutter and look for something green and nature-y. The color green has been proven to soothe tired eyes. If you start to feel your eyes fluttering, go for a walk in a nearby park and admire the luscious green grass and trees. Or better yet, take the time to go somewhere greener and quieter for a more relaxed state of mind.

6. Eat something healthy.

Slow down on your caffeine-intake and remember to eat healthy foods. No matter how hard you try to kid yourself, too much caffeine is not good for your body. As a medical professional-to-be, it must be a given at this point to know that healthy food is good for you. Your overworked brain will definitely thank you later.

7. Listen to music.

Music alleviates the mood and if you’re not a fan of taking a walk in the park or napping for a few minutes then listening to music might be for you. Turn up that volume and play something vibrant and cheerful and dance your socks off during your time-offs. It’s a great way to de-stress and to catch up on your long lost dance moves. If that’s not your style, you can always just listen to calming background music while reviewing.

8. Bawl your eyes out.

It may sound petty and negative to most but crying actually helps you feel better. It eases physical and emotional pain and promotes a sense of well-being. But if it’s not for you, that’s okay. Remember that all your breakdowns will be worth it. Don’t forget to get back up and avoid dwelling on pessimism. You want this, you will get through this and you will pass with flying colors.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s do this! #RoadtoRMT2019


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