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5 ways to avoid a total burn-out in dental school

With the amount of exams, quizzes and projects you have to do through the first 2 years of dental school among other things, it’s easy to get ”burned out“. If you feel like you’re in the beginning stages of burn out, don’t worry it won’t last forever. Read in for 5 tips on how to avoid a total burn-out in dental school.

burn-out: ruin one’s health or become completely exhausted through overwork.


1. Have a hobby

Being a creative definitely helped me de-stress after a long day of cadaver dissections or a wack a bio chem quiz. Having a hobby allowed me to escape from any disappointments or headaches I faced throughout the day or week. Having a hobby doesn’t mean you’re at home quilting blankets; you could be into reading, writing short stories, gardening etc. anything you can do in your spare time for 30-1 hr to just relieve yourself of the day’s or week’s stresses will suffice! Don’t let anyone tell you you don’t have time for yourself.

2. Rest & Relax

One of the best things you could do for your body is listen to it. In order for you to operate and preform at your best, it’s better to be a well rested machine. Resting doesn’t have to be a 3-hr nap which is what I like to do, but simply just resting your body for a minutes to meditate and relax can do wonders! And if you need a nap, take it. It’s okay to sleep the night before your Dental Anatomy and Occlusion exam.

3. Say No

This is important with avoiding total burn-out in life period. There will come a point in your dental school career, where you will find yourself getting involved in a lot of extra-curricular activities. This could be to make you a well-rounded residency applicant, help you network with classmates or it could be apart of your hobby. It’s okay to get involved or lend a hand, just remember what comes first—first your mental well being and then school. Say no to events if you don’t have the energy or mental capacity. Say no if you have to make time or take time away from yourself.

4. Take a day off (or night)

It may be tempting to think you have to study all day/all night- but there are honestly some things you won’t know immediately even if you studied 7 days a week. With that being said-have a night dedicated to non-school activities!

5. Have a good support group

Whether your support is your parents, pastor, neighbor, BFF or classmates, have some type of support you can talk to to ease your mind. Even if you feel like you need a therapist (because this can be a challenging time), get one and don’t delay. Loved ones not enrolled in school make a good support group because they take your mind off of the current situations while classmates and friend in dental school are a good group because they will understand where you’re coming from; they can also brighten up a gloomy day with funny stories from class or clinic. A good support group is the backbone of making it out with less gray hairs and wrinkles.


School can be overwhelming due to the amount you have to learn in such a short amount of time along with other factors like moving and living away from home, being broke etc. Try these 5 ways to help you manage and adjust to life in dental school.


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