One night, I was leaving the clinic late after staying back to listen to an evening lecture. By chance, one of my classmates had done the same and was also heading towards the station. She’s always been the star student in my head - switched-on, unphased and an all-round high achiever. However, as we walked together, she told me how stressed, confused and overwhelmed she was. We grumbled over our timetables, gossiped about our tutors, and laughed over the stupid mistakes we’d made that day.
It was a heartwarming moment of solidarity. I think too often, we can get so caught up in our own heads, that we don’t even realise what’s going on around us. The reality is we’re all just trying our best to navigate our way through life. What’s more, whilst you’re here looking at someone, thinking they have it all, chances are, there’s someone looking at you and thinking the same. Perhaps, if we took the time to connect with each other a little more, we’d realise that we aren’t so different after all. And cheesy as it may be, we really are in it together.
I think talking is so paramount to our wellbeing – not just to better understand each other but also to understand ourselves. My head is so often this convoluted jumble of thoughts and worries that it can be overwhelming to process at times. However, by talking out loud, I’m forced to sift through and separate these confusing thoughts to formulate concrete sentences. The more I speak, the more the tangles unravel, and bit by bit, I can begin to make sense of it all.
Sometimes all you need is just someone to hear you out, and to realise that sometimes we catastrophise the situations we are in. Confide in your family, your trusted friends, a mentor or a professional. And if you’re ever in need, Dental Practitioner Support offers 24/7 telephone support services on 1800 377 700 where they’re always available to lend an ear or offer resources.