M4M Self-care Tips: Reaching Out
22 Feb 2021 0 comments
We’ve all been there – lockdown can be dreary and isolating. With classes all online, common spaces closing their doors and social events getting postponed for the umpteenth time, it’s easy to feel lonely. As an international student, this is a feeling I’m all too familiar with. Being miles apart from my family and friends is hard, and the awkward 8-hour time difference makes it even tougher to properly catch-up.
If things seem a little bleak and you’re going stir-crazy staring at the same four walls, our self-care tip of the week is to reach out to your loved ones. Call, text, Zoom, or even drop them a quick DM to let them know you’re thinking of them. We’ve been in quarantine for what seems like eternity, so it’s understandable if you’re becoming jaded. Maybe you’re even fully embracing your introverted side. But we all need a reliable support system for when things get tough. If you feel like you are struggling, reaching out to the people you trust is a good reminder that you are not alone in your journey.
For me personally, sharing my problems with those who know me best has helped ground me and enabled me to put things into perspective. When you’re alone with your thoughts and insecurities, catastrophizing is a pretty natural tendency. Medical school can get stressful and overwhelming at times; having a listening ear can be incredibly helpful in getting that weight off your chest. But even if it’s just any other day, speaking to someone you care about is a great way to lift your mood. And as cliché as this analogy is, friendships grow like plants – they need to be watered. Checking in with your loved ones lets them know that you care and that they are appreciated. Forging strong relationships will invariably benefit your mental health, during this challenging period and beyond. Finally, if you need someone to turn to, for any reason at all, Medics4Medics is always here for you!
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