Free ways to improve your mental health

Last year, at the third annual Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Health and Wellness Summit, Jennifer Brandt, director of individual and organizational development at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said,

Eating properly, getting adequate sleep, drinking plenty of water while limiting alcohol consumption, and getting exercise may seem unimaginative, but they’re the cornerstones of resiliency.

I call these the basics that don’t require money. A practice or student doesn’t have to invest in a lot of resources, but attention to these four things can increase a person’s resilience and ability to manage when life throws them hardballs

Let’s look at that again.

  1. Eat properly
  2. Get adequate sleep
  3. Drink water and limit alcohol consumption
  4. Exercise

Free?! You have got to be kitten me.

You guys are smart. I don’t have to go in depth on what these four points entail or why they might help with resiliency. And while free is great, it can still be hard to start implementing some of these things into your life. One way is to slowly ingrain a behavior as a habit, doing it daily until you no longer have to think about it. You might want to start on one of our old blog posts in which I discuss how to make a habit of getting enough sleep.

Which of these four tips can you start doing right meow?

Thought of the Week:
Some people might argue these tips treat symptoms but don’t address the cause of mental health problems in veterinary medicine. What do you think?

these tips are useless and insulting
I would give NSAIDs for a fracture, but they don’t fix the fracture.
these tips might be all I need to maintain my resiliency
??? (post in comments)


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