The Importance of Wellness
One of the exciting things going on for students is the opening
of the College of Veterinary Medicine's new Wellness Room. The
Wellness Room was designated for use by vet students and faculty
when the Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex opened in
2016, and new machines and equipment were recently moved in
Wellness is something that is highly encouraged
and talked about throughout vet school, so I thought that in light
of the new opening of the wellness room, I would share my own
personal wellness journey.
When I started my first semester of vet school, I had no idea
how hard it would be to find balance in my life. I felt like I
never had time to work out or spend time with my husband; some days
I felt like I barely had enough time to shower and do other,
general self-care routines. On top of that, my grades were
struggling. I’m not sure how, but I did make it through my first
year, and I came out stronger on the other side.
At the start of my second year school, I decided to reclaim my
life and my health. While I still did a good deal of studying, I
actively made time to go to the gym, spend time with my husband,
and do things that calmed my mind and soul (for me, that would be
taking longer walks with my dogs, reading a good book, cuddling
with my cat, etc.).
The first day I started working out, I was discouraged by how
out of shape I was; it was hard to ignore the little voice inside
my head that kept telling me I needed to be studying right then.
But I got through that, and I continued to make my working out a
priority. I soon found that running was a great way to escape the
frustrations and mental anguish from the day. I also found that I
was more at peace and my marriage was happier when I made time for
the things that are truly important to me. I started to feel
stronger, healthier, and more confident. And, as a bonus, my grades
were better than they had ever been since I started vet school.
I have learned a lot of things in vet school, but perhaps the
most important thing I’ve learned is how to take care of myself
physically, mentally, and emotionally. No matter where you are at
in life, it’s important to never forget that you matter most of
all; you matter more than the goal you are trying to reach or the
grade you’re hoping to get. So every now and then, take a break and
go for a run, go see a movie, go relax and hang out with your
friends. Do what you need to do to be in the best health (mental,
physical, and emotional) you can be in.
I don’t think you will regret it.