Top 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Overwhelmed
Feeling overwhelmed is a common feeling. Being a medical student comes with pressure everywhere- work pressure, exams, competition and not to mention our own personal problems. It is easy to get disheartened with it all. Next time you feel like everything is too much, just STOP for a moment, and ask yourself these questions…..
Can I realistically do it all?
Write down every single thing you need to do and analyse it realistically. Is it physically possible to do all of it? There may be things that realistically you don’t need to do and would save you a lot of unnecessary exhaustion.
What can I do right now, and what can I save for later?
Prioritising tasks is essential. Which bits are the most important to you? Which bits are urgent? Spend some time just organising yourself, working out and grouping what you can and can’t do. Is there any way you can simplify complex tasks in order to make them more manageable?
Is there someone I can talk to or ask for help?
It may be difficult to ask for help, as we tend not to want to burden others. But think about it from a different perspective – would you be happy to help your friend or family who was struggling? If you would, then I’m sure they feel the same! Even if not for help, talking to someone about how you’re feeling can be a release in itself. As they say, a problem shared is a problem halved.
What can I do as a release?
You cannot work all the time! Once you’ve taken some time to organise yourself, have some time for yourself. Take a step back from the tasks you need to do. Do something that you enjoy! It might seem like you don’t have time for this (and on occasion you may not), but understanding your own needs and self-care can make you much more productive in the long run.
Can I say no to things in the future?
Think about how to prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed in the future. Saying no is absolutely okay- it can be hard, and sometimes not possible, but you know your limits and know that it is okay to say no.
Everyone feels overwhelmed, and often! But taking time to ask and answer these questions can really help beat the feeling.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Sumona and I’m a UCL medical student. I’m passionate about medical education and I hope that my posts are interesting and inspiring for you. Check out my personal blog for posts on travel, food and my experiences being a student in London!
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