It is the 21st year of the 21st century, the fourth week of the first month, already the third week of the Trimester, and there have been many things that have transpired in our nation and no doubt, in many of our personal lives–and then of course, there is life as a student.
Whether you’re becoming familiar with the university and campus, if you are a new student, getting accustomed to this term’s hybrid learning and laboratory formats; preparing for Early Assessments (can’t forget that it’s already Week 3!); navigating dual curriculums, if you are a student enrolled in two programs; starting your first term of Clinic Internship; or in your last Clinic internships and possibly starting a preceptorship, managing it all can be a challenge. There is definitely a lot going on–and at times–these things happening concurrently can seem overwhelming.
As a 9th Trimester student and DC Intern at NUHS’ Whole Health Center in Lombard, Illinois, even though I completed the courses required to complete the Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Degree Program, my Clinician provides materials to review such as: research articles; articles and videos on Chiropractic technique; and seminars, among other things and then there is the self-study for the 2021, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exams. As long as you are an enrolled student, there will be plenty of things going on and some of the best ways to manage these involve prioritizing and self-care.
In regard to the latter, the interns at the various Whole Health Centers not only address chief complaints, but also provide therapies for general self-care. Chiropractic offers a great option for dealing with the stresses of daily life, namely because, Chiropractic has documented effectiveness in down regulation of the Sympathetic Nervous response, also known as the fight, flight, or freeze stress response.
In this new year, in this new term, with everything we all have to manage, let’s prioritize, so that we get it all done (because let’s face it, not getting it all done is just not an option!) and let’s be sure to prioritize our own self-care.
I look forward to seeing you in the Clinic!
How are you managing all the events and activities in this new trimester and new year and how are you taking care of yourself?