Physical Wellness: Creating Good Habits

Physical Wellness: Creating Good Habits

April 5, 2024

April is Physical Wellness Month across the US and it is recognized and promoted by many organizations as a way to hit the refresh button on the habits that help increase our physical health. It acts as a great reminder for those in veterinary medicine, who dedicate so much of their lives to the health of others including pets, clients, and team members, to evaluate their daily routines and work/life balance to ensure they are meeting their own needs. 

Achieve Quality Sleep

Take the steps needed to create space for your mind and body to settle into the quality sleep you need to feel refreshed and physically ready to take on the day. Here are some tips and read our blog from last month for more ideas and apps to support healthy sleep.

  • Have a consistent bedtime
  • Avoid stimulating activities before bed such as screens
  • Opt for short naps over long ones 
  • Sleep in a cool, quiet, dark room
  • Get morning light if possible


Prioritize Healthy Food Options

Be mindful about food choices and consider options rich in protein, healthy fats, and fiber over heavily processed foods. The CDC suggests that fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products should be a part of your healthy eating plan along with foods low in added sugars, sodium, saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol.

Get Out and Exercise

Try something new or dust off an old exercise routine. This is a great time to evaluate how much you are moving and challenging your muscles outside of work. Whether it’s walking during your break with team members or joining a local sports league, make it as fun as possible so it is something you look forward to.

As part of the veterinary community, it is important to give yourself time to take care of your needs. If you are a part of Team Vetcor, be sure to ask your hospital manager about our employee assistance program, which has great ways to help maintain your physical health.