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Take Time for Yourself

Last Friday was just not my day.  Several things went wrong unexpectedly and after a long week, this was the last straw.  By the time I finally made it home, it was cold and dreary.  I've been in Texas too long, so anything less than 60 F is freezing to me!  I came up with tons of excuses why I should just plop on the couch and zone out in front of the TV for the rest of the evening.  However, my running shoes were already by the door where I had left them that morning.  I had a feeling it would be a long day and very easy to skip my evening run, so I had left the shoes in plain sight.  I grudgingly bundled up, threw the shoes on, and took off.  After I found my stride and warmed up, the miles flew by and the stress of the day suddenly became more manageable.  My head cleared and I started to figure out ways to get around these very minor setbacks that seemed so huge about an hour ago.  Often I get so engrossed with minor details that I forget to step back and realize that my problems aren't a big deal at all.  For me, my work outs have become a great way to step back and take a break.

After skipping workouts too many times over the last few weeks while I studied for exam after exam, I made a commitment to take time for myself and joined an online boot camp.  After just a week, I already think it is the best thing I have done for myself all semester.  Having a plan and being accountable has been great.  Friday was my last run of the week and it was so satisfying to check it off on my boot camp schedule!  These workouts have ensured I take time for myself and put school aside for at least a few hours a day. Vet school quickly becomes an exponentially growing time commitment.  Attending class and labs, studying, and club/ job commitments quickly take up most of my time.  Friday was a great reminder that taking time to do something I enjoy is necessary if I want to enjoy vet school and not be consumed by it.  As the end of the semester approaches, don't forget to take time each day to simply enjoy life!