Our Top Tips: How to Survive Your Psychiatric Residency!
Ok, hear us out for a minute… Surviving your residency is easier than you think.
YES, of course, that’s a loaded statement… NO, we aren’t saying it’s not incredibly challenging (because it is…) but we promise you’re overthinking it. You CAN do this. You may have heard horror stories or that it was the worst moment of someone’s life but let’s be real.
It shouldn’t be.
Thousands before you have done it and thousands after you will do it too.
How you handle it makes all the difference in what you’ll get out of your residency. Here are 5 TIPS on how to survive:
#1 HAVE A POSITIVE MINDSET…
Before you begin anything, you should always go in with the correct mindset. If you think things are going to be horrible…then they will be! But if you go in understanding that there will be both highs and lows, you’ll be better prepared to face them.
#2 HAVE A GREAT SUPPORT SYSTEM…
This goes with most things in life. The company you keep will help get you through hard moments. That’s what friends are for. But this support system should also be those around you too! Other residents know what you’re going through, so be sure to include them. It helps so much!
#3 DON’T NEGLECT YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH…
We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Take care of your mind AND body! Don’t bottle things up, talk to your support system, and get further help if you need it. It’s a challenging time. Outside of this, being active works WONDERS. Your body will thank you.
#4 IT’S OK TO SAY “I DON’T KNOW” (DO IT MORE!)…
You don’t know everything (that’s why you’re here). Don’t be a “know it all”, it can come back to hurt you. If you’re asked something and you’re really unsure, say that! Saying I don’t know will help you get the answers you need. Don’t feel silly. You’re learning!
#5 IT GETS BETTER…
It will get better!!! The start can be overwhelming and a lot to take in, but use that support system. Once you get in the groove, you’ll start to feel much more relaxed. Give it time. It’s long, draining, and emotional but there are perks. They may not last long but the amount of information and experiences you’ll take away from it, in the end, is all worth it.
You got this, you can survive… you can thrive!
Still, feeling overwhelmed?
Contact us and let’s talk through it together.