In most parts of the country, winter weather has arrived. But in addition to the usual seasonal health concerns, we’re also in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And for doctors, nurses, hospital workers, and private practice staff, that complicates everything in terms of staying healthy. Physically, AND mentally.
While a career in healthcare is one of the most rewarding choices one can make, times such as these can take their toll. That’s why it’s important that health workers commit to reducing stress, eating better, and making changes to their lifestyles to stay physically and mentally healthy.
So if you’re heading into winter battling stress, fatigue, and long hours, consider these suggestions to increase your energy level and health:
Practice What You Preach
It’s common for healthcare workers to concentrate on caring for everyone else. But you also have to take care of yourself. Remember you can’t do your best for your patients if you’re unhealthy yourself. The better you feel, the more energy you have – and more energy often means you do a better job. Remember the advice you give your patients regarding living a healthy lifestyle and then follow it!
Commit to a Healthy Diet
One of the best paths to health is by making changes to your diet, including eating breakfast and introducing a daily intake of fruits and vegetables. As a healthcare pro, you’re often pressed for time, but it’s important to avoid fast foods. And instead of turning to sodas or several cups of coffee, make a conscious effort to drink more water – just like you tell your patients!
Make Time to Exercise
It can sometimes be a challenge, but healthcare professionals who adhere to a realistic exercise or workout schedule typically stay healthier both in mind and body. Since you may be working long hours, try to exercise at least three times a week. Another option is to get outside and walk during the day or on breaks to clear your mind and stress levels.
Protect Yourself from Infections – COVID-19 or Otherwise
Reducing the likelihood of contracting an infectious illness – whether it be influenza or COVID-19 – means taking certain steps and precautions. One of the simplest is to wash your hands after coming in contact with any patients. It’s also crucial to follow all recommendations for proper PPE, including wearing a mask, gown, eye shield, and gloves.
Don’t Forget your Mental Wellbeing
Your emotional health is as important as your physical health. Long hours and the stress of the job can lead to depression, anxiety, a decrease in job satisfaction, and a loss of empathy.
Finding ways to reduce stress and enjoy your time away from the job is critical to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Whether you play an instrument, participate in sports, or volunteer, find something you enjoy doing on your days off and go for it!
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