The calm before the storm. The night before it went all wrong. The eve of…
well. I’m not 1/2 done with my exams and honestly I’m not actually that stressed. This is so new to me. I normally can’t sleep, have a poor appetite and become an incredibly temperamental person around exams time.
I don’t know why this has occurred. I’m not necessarily better prepared or feeling more productive. I think it might just be that fourth year of medical school has so far been 11 months long and my body has been in a constant stressed out/ freaked out state.
Cortisol – which is the hormone released in response to stress. Adrenaline – our fight or flight hormone. They’re like not peaking. It is as if my adrenals went ‘nope, done enough this year. I’m not releasing more stress hormones.’
It has tricked my brain because I’ve not had the same drive for exams as I normally do. And I’m kind of stressing about the fact that I haven’t been stressed.
5 days to freedom…
NOTE: OLD BLOG POST, JUST SHUFFLING THINGS AROUND.
DISCLAIMER: THESE ARE MY OPINIONS AND THOUGH BASED IN FACTUAL RESEARCH, THIS PIECE’S ONLY INTENTION IS TO PROMOTE THOUGHT ON THE TOPIC OF HEALTH
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A complete state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
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Does the word exam give you palpitations?
Does the phrase ‘you have five minutes remaining’ make you feel like you’re going to throw up?
Do results day consist of flashbacks of everything you did wrong and every single flop moment you’ve had ever?
Congratulations. You are perfectly normal.
3 things this week that make my stress levels go up
- I have exams in 5 days
- Junior doctor contracts are still up in the air. Strike action cancelled, yet negotiations have yet to reach an acceptable compromise
- Syrian refugee crisis vs. air strikes in said country
I’m stressed. The junior doctors are stressed. Syrians are MAJORLY stressed.