Your training programme is demanding, coping with that as well as life in general may be difficult at times so here are a few tips we can offer which you may find helpful;
Be organised – make sure you have a training plan in place and that you complete the activities of your programme in a timely way – if you leave it to the last minute you will only be putting undue stress and pressure on your self so plan ahead where you can.
Communicate – using the resources listed above – if you are struggling then tell someone, you are not alone and there are a lot of resources available to you – use them and don’t be afraid to say when you are finding things difficult as we can’t help you if you don’t tell us there is a problem
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 that into your routine to help you cope with the demands that life places on you.
Network – forming networks and communicating with others whether that be friends, colleagues or fellow trainees is important to help you manage your training. Your trainee reps work hard to be able to offer networking opportunities so make sure you access them by registering with the network and attending events where possible.
Be mindful – of yourself and others. Be aware of your own mind and body and try to recognise when you are not coping, such examples might be lack of sleep, loss of appetite, increased intake of alcohol or drugs, sudden feelings of anxiety or stress in circumstances that you wouldn’t normally find stressful – there are more that will be personal to you. There are many resources available which will help you in coping with feelings of stress or anxiety such as meditation, yoga or talking therapies such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy. Try a few things and find out what works for you to give you some peace of mind.
Be proactive in managing your own health and well being. Only you know when things are becoming too much so request support early, don’t be afraid to ask for help and make sure you do communicate where there are problems that are affecting you.