As a healthcare professional, you are always taking care of others, but are you taking care of yourself? You need to take care of your health first in order to be strong and healthy. There’s no way you can keep up with your workload when you’re tired, sick, and mentally exhausted.
In this post, I’ll show you different ways to take care of yourself so you can be at your very best for your patients.
Why You Need to Take Care of Your Health
As a healthcare provider, you may think you don’t have the time to take care of your health. Every little ailment can impact other areas of your life. Even minor issues like aches and pains, lethargy and indigestion will lessen your happiness and increase your stress levels. You need to take care of your health!
Making a commitment to healthier habits is one way to help you cope with stress and feel better throughout your day.
If you have a hard time coping with stress, you may have poor health habits. If you’re not healthy your daily tasks become more challenging. Being unhealthy could mean more days off work which can cause financial stress. Eventually, bad health habits and not feeling up to par can cause you to lose your job and not provide a living for your family.
Stress on its own can make health issues like the common cold turn into more serious conditions and diseases. And most healthcare workers face stressful situations every day. But if you maintain healthy daily habits, it will pay off in the long run.
It’s Important to Take Care of Your Health Before Focusing on Others
The whole focus of healthcare workers is to take care of people. That’s why you became someone who works in the healthcare industry. It’s what you love to do!
But if you’re unhealthy, it won’t be long before you can’t help others anymore. So it’s important to take care of your health first.
Maybe you struggle with the idea of putting yourself first before focusing on others. Most people are raised to put the needs of others before themselves. Many people think it’s self-centered to think of yourself first.
But it’s really the opposite of being selfish. When you’re healthy and strong, it enables you to help your patients and your family better. You won’t be able to help anyone if you have no energy due to illness, overwork, or stress.
If you want to start living more stress-free, practice self-care. It will build resilience so that the challenges you face as a healthcare professional are more easily handled. You’ll be able to cope with everyday life and feel greater happiness.
Don’t forget that on an airplane you are told to put your oxygen mask on first before helping others. You can apply that concept to keeping yourself healthy first before you can help others in a better capacity.
5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself
1. Exercise Your Body For a Happy Mind
Fitting an exercise routine might seem impossible with a busy schedule. But exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Whether you need to start your day with a brisk walk in the morning or go jogging after work to let go of the built-up stress throughout the day, exercise will improve your well-being and stress levels.
Plan a good exercise routine. Or just start out walking every day. Start slowly but keep at it until it becomes a good daily habit that you can’t do without anymore. Exercise will help strengthen you and increase your energy levels.
2. Quick Morning Meditation.
Meditation can help relax and set the tone for the day. Even a quick 5 or 10-minute meditation when you wake up will help you be prepared for the busy day ahead.
Maybe you’ll have to set your alarm 5 minutes earlier, but take the time to think about everything you’re grateful for and think about the positive things in your life. Don’t think about all the things you have piling up at work or at home. You’ll find that after spending 5 minutes being positive about yourself and encouraging yourself, your daily tasks won’t seem quite so daunting.
3. Read a Book Or a Magazine.
Reading a good book or magazine is the best way to escape from reality. Pick a good book that will transport you somewhere else that’s adventurous and exciting. Pick a book to read instead of just your phone messages or your emails. Books can help you relax and take the pressure off your daily life.
Read all about your favorite hobby in a magazine and get inspired to spend more time in your hobby. Both activities will help you stop thinking about all your stress at work or at home and will reduce your stress levels.
4. Unplug From Technology.
Everyone knows technology has come a long way and communicating with emails is now the norm. But don’t pick your phone up first thing in the morning, and put it away at least an hour or more before you go to bed.
If you pick up your phone first thing and start replying to emails, you’ve lost all your quiet time or exercise time before you have to run to work.
Prepare yourself for the day without your phone. Believe it or not, it wasn’t that long ago when we didn’t have cell phones. Start your day with good healthy habits and leave the phone until later.
5. Get Enough Sleep.
As a healthcare professional one of the most important steps to take care of your health is to get enough sleep. Sleeping is good for your body and mind. Your body is rebuilding while you sleep and you will feel refreshed in the morning if you get enough sleep.
Professional life is so hectic. If you don’t get enough sleep you’ll soon be running on empty and may start getting sick more often with colds and the flu.
Make sleep a priority even in your hectic life.
It may seem obvious that you should take care of your health before helping others, but so many professional people overlook self-care and think they’ll just wait until they have more time.
But RIGHT NOW is the time to start building daily good health habits. Every little step you take will make you stronger and healthier. It will reduce anxiety and will keep your immune system strong. What better way to serve others than to be healthy yourself.