Mid-semester burn out tips?

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I have successfully completed two blocks of MS1, but I feel like I have run out of steam starting my Hematology and Oncology block. I can watch my lectures, but I have very low motivation for individual review. Any tips for burn out I haven't tried?

Current habits
-Eating healthy (avoiding fast food and low, controlled sugar indulgence)
-Physical separation of sleep/fun areas from study area
-Not working during meals
-regular sleep schedule
-Therapy

Starting/restarting
-Exercise (walks, swimming with friends)
-Anki - Anking decks

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I have successfully completed two blocks of MS1, but I feel like I have run out of steam starting my Hematology and Oncology block. I can watch my lectures, but I have very low motivation for individual review. Any tips for burn out I haven't tried?

Current habits
-Eating healthy (avoiding fast food and low, controlled sugar indulgence)
-Physical separation of sleep/fun areas from study area
-Not working during meals
-regular sleep schedule
-Therapy

Starting/restarting
-Exercise (walks, swimming with friends)
-Anki - Anking decks
I take one full day on the weekend off to do anything I want to do. I don’t look at anything school related (emails, anki, etc.). Basically school is out of sight, out of mind on that day. It helps a lot.
 
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I take one full day on the weekend off to do anything I want to do. I don’t look at anything school related (emails, anki, etc.). Basically school is out of sight, out of mind on that day. It helps a lot.
I agree that giving yourself permission to celebrate or enjoy yourself with a vacation or self-care options (theater show or concert) would be nice. Things that prevent you from looking at your devices especially. Don't take so many selfies or short clips to remember moments.
 
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I agree that giving yourself permission to celebrate or enjoy yourself with a vacation or self-care options (theater show or concert) would be nice. Things that prevent you from looking at your devices especially. Don't take so many selfies or short clips to remember moments.
Yea I can’t deal with med school 7 days a week. It’s just too much. I take the sabbath off and my mental health has been much better for it. I don’t know how people study 7 days a week.
 
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Take some time to get a small group (one or two others) together for study discussion sessions as a way to still learn material, but to do it in a different more interesting way.

I started a group in med school that went to happy hour almost every Friday night.

Heck, combine those. Get a happy hour study group together.
 
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Listen to loud music before studying and exams to pump you up.

I personally study everyday but take long breaks. I think that either saving up a long break as mentioned above or breaking them up can help
 
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Thank y'all for your advice. Setting aside one night for no studying is helping. I have also been exercising more and got a light therapy lamp, which has helped with energy levels, especially with it getting cold and dark.
 
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I have successfully completed two blocks of MS1, but I feel like I have run out of steam starting my Hematology and Oncology block. I can watch my lectures, but I have very low motivation for individual review. Any tips for burn out I haven't tried?

Current habits
-Eating healthy (avoiding fast food and low, controlled sugar indulgence)
-Physical separation of sleep/fun areas from study area
-Not working during meals
-regular sleep schedule
-Therapy

Starting/restarting
-Exercise (walks, swimming with friends)
-Anki - Anking decks
Really great job so far.

My two recommendations:
1. Set up a study schedule, with start and end time.
2. Get one day completely off of all work.

I see number one really creep on people's QOL. It is a marathon, not a race. Teach yourself to do an honest day's work and then feel good when you leave.
 
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Really great job so far.

My two recommendations:
1. Set up a study schedule, with start and end time.
2. Get one day completely off of all work.

I see number one really creep on people's QOL. It is a marathon, not a race. Teach yourself to do an honest day's work and then feel good when you leave.
Definitely need to start doing #1. Feel like most of the time I’m studying or doing research off and on from 8 am to 9 pm straight. Must be a diminishing returns type thing
 
I have found that even as an Attending I get burned out. What helps me is two fold: i plan an event in the future, whether its a vacation, driving somewhere to see family, etc, etc. Whatever excites you. This way you have something positive focus on in the future, having a clear light at the end of the tunnel that isnt 2 years away is always nice.

Also setting aside personal time every day, and indulging in it. Whether thats playing video games, talking to people on tinder, going out, etc. Separating work life/.personal life so you're not just 100% about the job/med school
 
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