Substance and Soul

On Stress {& How To Deal With it}

Samantha WetterholmComment

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

So I’m just sitting down to write my post for today {9pm!}. These past two days of clinic orientation have been hectic and stressful, to say the least. I haven’t felt this bombarded with information in a long time. I have had quite a bit of wine lately {this red blend is a favorite of mine by the way}.

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Every course director, clinic director, clinic coordinator, and administrator has been throwing all this information at us and I feel completely overwhelmed. I am so excited about getting to work with patients full-time but all the paperwork and administrative stuff makes me feel like I have no idea what I’m doing {what all my classmates feel right about now}. 

However, I am completely confident in my dental skills and my ability to develop good relationships with my patients. I have to remind myself that I am capable and that I should be confident in my skills and ability to use my knowledge. When I feel that I start to get overwhelmed, stressed, and down on myself, I need to remind myself to stop and just breathe. This will be my home away from home for the next two years after all.

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No matter what comes my way, I need to remind myself to stay calm and keep breathing. Stress, hardships, and anxiety are a part of daily life, but what I can do is deal with it in a calm and organized way. 

Whenever any of us start to freak out and feel like the ocean waves are crashing on us, we just need to take a step back and just breathe.

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Tomorrow, we have our clinic induction ceremony which is going to be a huge milestone in our educations. I’m so excited to start this next chapter and even though I feel so overwhelmed {that I just want to scream} sometimes, I just need to remember what is important. I’m fulfilling my life-long goal, and that’s pretty amazing. 

How do you deal with stress? Do you have a mantra to stay calm?