Break Time

Stress ReliefI started thinking about this the other day after someone posted about running in a marathon. I consider myself a health nut…maybe to an unhealthy degree (if that makes sense). I have to give a lot of props to my wife who managed to train for a marathon in about a month and a half with me and ran it two weeks into her second year of med school. A little hectic to say the least. One of the things I have realized about this whole med school thing, is that it consumes your life and sometimes you need to disconnect. For my wife who loves to run that is her time to get away, blow of some steam and energy. For any med students out there I would HIGHLY recommend taking up running if you don’t already as a general stress reliever. You don’t have to do a marathon or turn into crazy track kid, but I guarantee you will love the escape it can provide you. If running isn’t your thing than I suggest lifting weights or swimming or some other form of physical activity. Not to their fault, but med students spend an inordinate amount of time on their ass. I don’t think I need to sit here and lecture a MED STUDENT on the benefits of exercise, but I think it is easy to get wrapped up in school when you have 50 lectures to watch and a test on Friday. If anyone ever takes anything away from reading my blog I hope it is the idea of balance. Balance I believe is key in life. You need to find balance and a quick run outside can do a body good (does milk have a copy right on that?). Look you are going to take a break at sometime during your day of studying. If you can find a way to carve out a little time each week to working out and getting the body moving instead of the brain, you won’t regret it. Sidenote…this is another great chance to connect with your loved ones away from school and just talk and be together. If not, have a classmate or friend join you as it is a good chance to do something together that is not centered around hemochromatosis or cholangiocarcinoma. Sorry my wife is in her gastrointestinal class right now. (Impressed? Not bad for someone who has about as much science background as the Geico caveman. Seriously I feel like the kid that came up with his science fair project the night before when my wife starts blurting out these terms.) Well I really hope you take my advise and go out for a run or shoot some hoops or something. It will not only do your body good but clear your mind so that you can grasp the concept of Porto-Systemic Encephalopathy. (Really? No idea what that was until I googled it)