Hacking Medical School Stress
Hey everyone, long time lurker/ podcast listener, first time poster here.
As you may be able to tell from my username, I'm a (fairly new) medical student, meaning that I have less time to do any hacks, though I still do some basic supplements (Vit D, C, K2, Tryptophan, Collagen) and BP coffee. I live on campus and eat at the cafeteria, so while I try and pick the healthiest and most BP choices I am far from any semblance of a BP diet.
We're about to take our second round of tests in two days, and just like with the last round the stress and tension has ramped up about a week prior to the test-- I find myself subconsciously tensing my jaw practically all day, tensing my shoulders, tapping my feet, and some other usual anxiety/stress tics. I do HRV training (though not religiously, thanks again to med school) and a mindfulness meditation-type thing before bed most nights, but when test time rolls around this goes to the wayside most of the time.
Med school is supposed to be stressful, I know that. I even like a tiny bit of stress, but too much makes me lose focus and makes it so I can't retain information. My main goal is to keep the stress level constant, whether it is a test week or not. Do any of you have any ideas? My sleep is not really an issue as far as I can tell per the SleepCycle app. I'm definitely going to be more religious with my HRV/ MM, but any other suggestions?