• Richard Meezy

Managing Stress

Stress comes from the north, south, east, and west. Stress doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care about how nice someone may dress or the car they drive nor their residence. It loves to come around and swim in our minds and stay afloat, and this is especially true for us dental students. We try to avoid it but it’s in the nature of the rigorous education we endure to make sure we have an intimate connection with it. How to escape it one may ask? Well since stress floats around in the mind, I tend to drown it and watch it sink to the bottom through music. The stress tries to swim back to the top, and I add in a new song at a louder volume and gaze in awe. Music is what keeps me sane and helps me unwind from the daily tasks of exams, never ending homework, and lectures. It dances its way through the auditory canal and dives into the vestibulocochlear nerve before rendezvousing in the auditory cortex. It makes its home within me and battles the stress that I eloped to a year and a half ago. For me, music is the best form of therapy that has ever crossed my path. No matter what type of day we have to face in school, there’s always a song that paves a path of escape. A song that can make the sorrow seem small, and fabricate a new emotion that can put the mind at ease. To all my fellow colleagues, stay strong, pop your headphones in, and let the artistry paint on the canvas of the mind as the melody keeps the stress drowning in the waves.


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