- Try to ensure that you communicate how you are feeling. If you are struggling then tell someone. You are not alone and there are a lot of resources available to you. Don’t be afraid to say when you are finding things difficult. If people around you know how you are feeling you are more likely to receive their help and support.
- Maintain good connections and networks. These can be with friends, colleagues or fellow trainees. Your regional trainee networks work hard to create networking opportunities so try to ensure that sure that you take advantage of them.
- Be organised and have a training plan in place. Aim to complete the activities of your programme in a timely way. If you leave things to the last minute you will put yourself under additional stress and pressure.
- Stay active. All health providers will tell you that exercise is a good combater of stress. So whatever you choose to do make sure you build some exercise into your routine to help you cope with the demands that an intensive academic and training programme will place on you.
- Be aware of your own mind and body and try to recognise and act on the signs of when you are not coping. These might include lack of sleep, loss of appetite, increased intake of alcohol or medication, sudden feelings of anxiety or stress in circumstances that you wouldn’t normally find stressful.