I will be the first to admit that I’m completely terrible at consistently going to the gym or keeping with a dieting regimen. I’m infamous for doing trial exercise classes and never buying the membership. I think I ran at the gym for all of three days before I stopped. I tried the MyFitnessPal app for a few months, lost a few pounds, but then got tired of it telling me Reese’s were going to put me over my calorie limit for the day.
One thing I have consistently done (on an irregular basis) is yoga. Whether this be some simple stretching in the morning, or taking the time to do an hour-long session at a studio, yoga can make a huge difference. It offers some time to relax, to breathe deep, and to stretch out the tension that’s been building all day.
It’s also great for vet students, because it can be cheap and even free. If you’re feeling fancy, go buy a yoga mat to start. Vet students are probably all stocked up on comfortable, stretchy clothes, so check that off the list. Yoga videos work, and I like to find the cheap ones tucked in corners of department stores, or you can use the laptop you probably have and search for yoga videos. Now you’re ready to do yoga!
Yoga also provides some time to meditate on the things that have happened during the day, to reflect and to let go of the negative feelings. It’s a great way to unwind or to refresh as a study break. I recommend that if you’re not already doing yoga, you should at least give it a try!