What to Do Over the Long Thanksgiving Weekend

The Thanksgiving break is in the air and there’s so much that you’re thankful for, like, perhaps, the break from a stressful semester?

Being a medical student is not easy, you’re either constantly working or studying; there are simply no breaks. That means when Thanksgiving comes around, you’re in desperate need to lounging out, stuffing yourself like the turkey on your plate and simply having a good time with the family. Sounds easy? For most students, it’s really not. You’re so accustomed to constantly being busy that staying free simply doesn’t feel right.

Thankful for Thanksgiving

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. But all play and no work makes him something worse”- Samuel Smiles

The key is to balance it out but don’t worry, the struggle may be real but it’s not the end of the world. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your long weekend:

1.    Take a break

Of course your friends are family are excited to have a doctor in the house but you need to give yourself priority first. That means avoid anything medical related, give your mind a break and just lounge out. Don’t:

  • Psychoanalyze
  • Prescribe drugs
  • Diagnose health problems

Instead you should read a novel or two, watch movies and put a halt to your medical knowledge for just a short while because you know, after Thanksgiving is over, you have to be the doctor again.

2.    Set your priorities straight

You need to take a break and that’s for sure but you also need to know how to manage your break enough to not completely destroy the hard work you’ve put in. Most medical schools require clinical experience for admission, why not make use of your break and shadow around? All you have to do is observe but for that, email several physicians and explain your situation to them. You not only get to avail experience but a shiny letter of recommendation as well!

3.    Self reflection

It’s common for students to lose enthusiasm for their work. Sometimes when you’re standing in the patient’s room and staring out the window into the dark sky, you really want to give up and go home. Don’t! Use this break as a way to reflect on your choices and why you decided to get into the medical profession in the first place. Remember, you’re working for the betterment of the world and there’s really nothing more gratifying than that!

4.    Updating CV’s

The holidays mean you have a great deal of time on your hands, don’t forget to update your CV and keep it ready at all times. Great opportunities open up all the time and there’s no harm in being prepared to take on new experiences. It’s not going to take up much of your time so you wouldn’t even have to alter your plans to adjust this into your schedule.

5.    Don’t take too long of a break

While it’s important to rest your mind, it’s also important to not throw away your career in the process. That means you need to manage your time in a way to give your mind some rest before starting the preparations for the fall semester. Keep in mind, if you get too lazy then you’ll only be putting your future in jeopardy. It’s best to use the beginning days of your holiday to relax and slowly work your way back into routine. That way you wouldn’t even have a large transition to go through after Thanksgiving is over!

Medical students often face a lot of problems in the line of time management and everyday issues. If you’re someone desperately seeking any type of advice, then simply visit The Almost Doctor’s Channel and they’ll give you expert advice on any issues you may be facing.

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