pushing for a 26 hour day

July 9, 2010

yeah, i kind of knew it was coming. undergoing this big of a transition is a pretty big deal, and it’s just a LOT to learn/know/figure out/do at once.

yesterday i got home at 6:45 pm, pretty much exhausted from the day (things take more energy when you’re new at them!) and sat down. the following thoughts were swirling around in my head:

✘ how am i going to have time to study for the boards?
✘ how am i going to have time to do the reading i need to do?
✘ or the things i need to do for a research proposal
✘ not to mention presentations and prep for teaching sessions?
✘ how am i going to have time to do the above things AND make dinner?
✘ oh, AND actually get a reasonable amount of sleep?
✘ how am i going to deal with all-of-the-above and being on 24/7 pager call (which starts today for the next week, incidentally).

clearly, there’s a theme here.

and then i checked my phone messages and found out that a) we’re dog-sitting for the weekend (i had forgotten) and b) josh was staying late for an appendectomy.

let’s just say it wasn’t a great night after that. and i get the world’s biggest FAIL on my week 2 goal. in fact, i think that may have been what set off the panic spiral in the first place!

i’m off on a longer contemplative run to think about all of this. probably a better strategy than drowning my sorrows in these:

pretty! and interesting! and utterly unobtainable at $395.


  • Reply Mel March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Here&#39s what I do when I feel overwhelmed: Remember when you were pushing so hard for finals and you thought you would never get it all done? You did, didn&#39t you?! Think about how easy everything felt after working so hard. You learn to operate at a new level. If all else fails I say out loud: "I can do it!" or "I will get it done!" like 10 times in a row. Also, in Abnormal Psych I learned an awesome technique where you write out all your worries and then you write calm logical responses to them. I still do this sometimes. Good luck! You can do it 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    No good advice from me, but it seems like the whole medical training program is all about throwing you in the deep end and showing you that- while it might not be fun- you will indeed swim. Hope the contemplative run helps.

  • Reply Carrie March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    One day at a time…that&#39s how I get through really stressful periods of my life. Just focus on the task at hand and be kind to yourself. You have endured more than this and you&#39re strong enough to get through this busy time.

  • Reply tiabella March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I don&#39t even know you and I feel like your capable of handling all those things and more. You really instill the image of a very organized and confident person. Everyone has overwhelming days for sure, just take it one issue and one day at a time : )

    I hate to ask a question when your so overwhelmed but, what is your general attidute towards the Nurses you work with? I&#39m thinking about attending Nursing school but I had a big dream to become a doctor forever, I feel like I might not think it&#39s "enough" and there isn&#39t much of, if any, bridge between the two. If you have a spare moment, I&#39d appreciate some input, thanks : )!!

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    take care! you will get through this and you can totally handle everything 🙂 i know exactly how overwhelmed/panic feel is and just know that it&#39ll pass and you&#39ll be okay 🙂

  • Reply Faith @ LovelyAsCharged March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Aww, sorry to hear you&#39re feeling overwhelmed. Life can get crazy when it wants to! You&#39ll pull through it, though, and will definitely learn how to manage everything 🙂 Just take it one day at a time, one task at a time. You&#39ll see 😉

  • Reply janieliz19 March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I&#39m a little late to the comments but just wanted to add the following: I TOTALLY get where you are coming from, I&#39m a fifth year Ph.D. student in psychology right now and grad school has been interesting 😉 plus working elsewhere to help with income, plus everything else… yeah, I get it. My best advice would be what others have already said (especially about breaking things down in the to-do list), keep getting your exercise (something I fail at. miserably.) and just take a deep breath! oh and maybe have a glass of wine 😉

    I just found your blog recently and I think it&#39s amazing. Reading things from others who are still in school/training makes me smile! thanks for writing!

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