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5 ways to destress while in medical school

Medical students across the country have to navigate the ups, downs and long hours of the rewarding but high-demand nature of training to become a physician. In some cases, a rigorous school schedule and other demands can sometimes take a toll on medical students’ mental health. The Association of American Medical Colleges and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education are focusing on the issue and are considering encouraging medical students to join clubs and seek counseling. Stress is a contributing factor to both addiction and suicide, and medical students must find healthy ways to reduce their stress levels. 1. Do physical activities Physical activity is one of the top ways to reduce stress. Hiking is a great example of an accessible physical activity to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress levels. Fortunately, nearly any physical activity relieves anger, tension, and frustration, so medical students do not have to worry about finding great quantities of time to go to the gym. To maximize stress reduction, exercise for 30 minutes or more. However, short, 10-minute activity bursts effectively will relieve stress and boost energy and optimism because exercise releases mood-boosting endorphins. Medical students should take short breaks from studying to play music, dance, take a

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5 ways to destress while in medical school

Medical students across the country have to navigate the ups, downs and long hours of the rewarding but high-demand nature of training to become a physician. In some cases, a rigorous school schedule and other demands can sometimes take a toll on medical students’ mental health. The Association of American Medical Colleges and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education are focusing on the issue and are considering encouraging medical students to join clubs and seek counseling. Stress is a contributing factor to both addiction and suicide, and medical students must find healthy ways to reduce their stress levels. 1. Do physical activities Physical activity is one of the top ways to reduce stress. Hiking is a great example of an accessible physical activity to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress levels. Fortunately, nearly any physical activity relieves anger, tension, and frustration, so medical students do not have to worry about finding great quantities of time to go to the gym. To maximize stress reduction, exercise for 30 minutes or more. However, short, 10-minute activity bursts effectively will relieve stress and boost energy and optimism because exercise releases mood-boosting endorphins. Medical students should take short breaks from studying to play music, dance, take a

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