12 Apr What Physicians Can Do Outside of Work to Improve Job Performance
As a practicing physician, you know your job is a demanding and often times stressful one.
While a career in healthcare is one of the most rewarding choices one can make, the profession can take its toll on a doctor’s overall health. That’s why it’s important to find ways away from the hospital or practice to commit to reducing stress, eating better, and making lifestyle choices to stay physically and mentally healthy.
The following self-care tips will keep you prioritizing your health – and not just the health of your patients:
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 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. Studies are finding that a relatively short walk can do wonders for overall health and wellness.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
As a medical practitioner, you’re likely well aware of the positive and negative impacts that sleep quality can have on your body and mind. However, it can be easy to neglect proper sleep quality due to the rigors of your job. One way to promote healthy sleep habits is to create a sleep-inducing bedroom, optimizing your sleep schedule by having a pre-bedtime routine, and more.
Don’t Forget Your Mental Health
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.
A good way to address your mental well-being is with Headspace, an AMA preferred provider of meditation and mindfulness. The website offers US-based healthcare professionals with a National Provider Identifier (NPI) and a complimentary trial subscription. AMA members can get a two-year subscription for free through AMA Member Benefits PLUS.
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