Emotional wellness concerns your ability to express your feelings, cope with stress, maintain satisfying relationships and deal with conflict. It encompasses optimism, self-esteem and self-acceptance. It involves cultivating a positive attitude, but being attentive to your negative feelings as well.
Dental school is stressful and can feel overwhelming. Whatever you’re struggling with, tell a friend, a family member or a professor about it. Reach out for help and you’ll find that there are resources available to get you excited about dentistry again.
What can you do to increase your emotional wellness?
Meditate or practice mindfulness | Learn to say no | Maintain realistic goals and expectations | Express your anger in a constructive way | Laugh freely | Surround yourself with positive people | Talk to someone when you struggle with your feelings | Practice your faith
From ASDA's publications:
- Emotional eating as a dental student — Contour, April 2017
- Managing emotional wellness in dental school — Mouthing Off, Sept. 2, 2015
- Prioritize your happiness and personal well-being — ASDA News, October 2014
- Using happiness to your advantage — ASDA News, October 2014
- Stress coping tips that actually work — Mouthing Off, Aug. 29, 2014
- Stress, dental school and how to cope — ASDA News, March 2014
- How I balance work, a social life and dental school — ASDA News, January 2014
- Crises are what we make them — Mouth, Fall 2013
- The road to recovery: addiction and organized dentistry — Mouth, Spring 2011
Two issues of Mouth, ASDA's now-defunct quarterly magazine, both focused entirely on maintaining wellness while in dental school. Both issues, Winter 2014 and Summer 2016, are available in our publication archives.