Inspiring Intentions: Guest Post by Jaime
We interrupt regularly scheduled vegan MOFO posts today for a guest post on Inspiring Intentions. Last week, I posted my own intentions for the school year; today the wonderful Jaime will be sharing her ambitions for the upcoming months as she continues with her medical school career. Take it away, Jaime!
My name is Jamie and I run thehealthyhoot.com. The Healthy Hoot is a new link aggregating website where healthy living bloggers can share their posts relating to healthy recipes, fitness, and inspirational life messages. I started The Healthy Hoot because I thought the blog world lacked a place where content could be shared with a truly holistic definition of health in mind. During my undergraduate career, I really struggled with weight and food obsession. I made several blogs to help cope with those struggles and to connect with people who could relate. Now, though, I’m in a place where I believe I’ve found peace with myself and my body. However, I am continually working on myself, so I was really happy when Suzanne asked me to write a guest post on inspiring intentions. I recently started medical school. The transition to medical school has been a dramatic life change which has brought on an lot of stress and anxiety. With my transition to medical school in mind, these are my intentions:
1. Stop comparing myself to others Comparing myself to others was a major fueling factor in the beginning of my obsession with my weight. I’ve always been an overachiever, but really I was continually seeking outside approval and acknowledgment for my achievements. I always wanted to be the smartest, the most beautiful, the best cheerleader, have the most friends, etc. When I started dieting and losing weight, no amount of weight loss was enough, though. I felt like I could always lose more. The same principle applies to anything in life, really. I will never be the best or perfect at anything because perfect comes in many different shades. I can only commit to being my best and to stop comparing myself to others.
2. Honor my body Honestly, my biggest concern with my move to medical school has not been my grades or making new friends or learning my way around a new city- it has been honoring my body. Whenever I am really stressed, I tend to take that stress out on my body by over-exercising or under-exercising and being restrictive with my diet. I intend to honor my body by moving it in a way that brings me happiness and stress relief. Furthermore, I intend to fuel myself with wholesome food that will allow me to be the best student I can be and to enjoy indulgences without guilt.
3. Do not let my grades define my happiness
I am a medical student, so obviously I need to be concerned about my grades because they are very important. However, they do not define me. I intend to care about my grades in a healthy way, and to not let my schoolwork completely rule my life and happiness. I am a student, but I am also many other things- a friend, a sister, a daughter, a person with interests and hobbies outside of medical school.
4. Remain positive It’s really easy for me to get bogged down in schoolwork and studying, completely ignoring my own interests and friends, and get really sad. Imagine going to 4 hours of lecture and then studying for 8 hours…every day. With that lifestyle, it’s easy to get burnt out and pessimistic. I intend to remain positive by finding happiness in every day. There are certain things I can make time for every day that will help me remain positive. I can study with friends, I can take a 10 minute break to listen to some of my favorite songs, I can make a nice meal and eat it by candlelight. Basically, I intend to pamper myself in whatever small ways I can in order to keep myself happy and positive.
5. Make time for myself Going along with staying positive, is making time for myself. It is impossible to learn everything you are expected to know in medical school. People compare learning in medical school to drinking out of a fire hose. Basically, the amount of time you devote to studying determines how much you will learn. However, people could study every free moment of their day, they could study through lunch and dinner even, they could do nothing but study…and they still wouldn’t learn everything. I intend to study as effectively as possible, but to still take time for myself to exercise and go out with friends. This time is critical to both my physical and mental health, and therefore, I intend to make time for myself a priority.
Thanks so much to Suzanne for asking me to write this guest post! I will continue to check in with my intentions, and hopefully I can let you know how I’m doing! Come visit me at thehealthyhoot.com! Also, follow The Healthy Hoot on Facebook and Twitter!