By Milie Fang, OMS-2 | July 17, 2018
Before medical school, I never felt the need for self-help or self-love. Instead, what I felt was the need to constantly take on responsibilities to feel useful, important, and to have purpose. I was used to working 18-hours a day (without breaks) as a medical scribe and research aide, and had unrealistic expectations what I could handle. When I look back, I really don’t know how I made it this far in medical school.
Things are different now. I’ll spare you the details of my journey, but instead I’ll share a few tips on how I focus on the now and find joy in being in the moment when life seems a bit too overwhelming. Enjoy!
Doing yoga or some kind of exercise every day, and not fretting about losing ten pounds because it doesn’t matter as long as you feel good and love yourself. Being physical is worth your while, because sitting and stressing over what you have to do does nothing but create more anguish.
Overall, practice being patient and kind with yourself. We do this well with those we love and cherish, but rarely for ourselves. I emphasize the word practice, because I don’t think we should aim for perfection, rather for attaining peace in our lives—a sense of calm in our chaotic world. To answer the question, “how can I be okay when I’m not okay,” is to be human. We accept our limitations and choose to share, rather than hide, the pain and suffering behind our disguise. This is not an invitation to hold a pity party, but an invitation to let things go and realize there’s more for you, me, and all of us in this existence when we can be our honest selves.
Milie Fang is an osteopathic medical school student of the Class of 2020 at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Disclaimer: The essay written here is solely of my opinion and thoughts and not of my affiliations. I am not being paid or pressured to write this!
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