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Healthy Habits Every Future Healthcare Professional Should Follow

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The daily lives of healthcare or medical students are dedicated to lots of studying, stress, and caring for others. Because of such a schedule, they often leave very little time to prioritise their own well-being. They constantly juggle demanding schedules, long study hours, and their consistent need to stay relevant to medical advancements. However, one thing that is just as important as medical studies is taking care of themselves. That is why we have compiled some valuable tips that every future healthcare professional should follow for a healthy lifestyle.

Stress management techniques

Medical students are known for having a chaotic, busy lifestyle because of undeniably demanding courses. Hence, as a medical student, you should follow some stress management methods. These will help you cope with the mental demands of your studies. You can do breathing techniques, religious prayers, yoga, or meditations. Regardless of any specific method, it is important to have such methods as a go-to when feeling overwhelmed. 

You may feel that your busy schedule will not leave time for efforts at reducing stress levels. However, it is essential to find a few minutes now and then. Carefully evaluate your study schedule and take some time for short breaks to lower stress levels. Give yourself just five quick minutes to relax, and you will notice a massive difference in stress and anxiety.

Devote some time to exercise

Once again, medical students are under the impression that their schedule won’t allow them the time to exercise. However, it is important for them to enhance their time management skills, which may provide them with enough time. 

Devote half an hour to your morning jog or relax with yoga. As a healthcare student, you may already know the benefits of a few minutes of exercise. It will improve your learning skills as well as refresh your energy. You can also allot some time for exercises in between your studies to freshen up your mind when feeling burned out.

Eat more plant-based foods

You may know that eating nutritious food not only fulfils your nutrient requirements but also makes you feel good. If we say, “eat healthy”, that is a very vague concept. So, we are going to be more specific here. Try to work on getting more vegetables or plants onto your plate.

Having a plant-based diet will help you maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Furthermore, they will also reduce your risks of developing any chronic conditions. Plants are full of minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients we need for our bodies to work optimally. Incorporate more vegetables, whole grains, fruits, legumes, and nuts into your daily meals.

Get enough relaxation time and quality sleep

As a healthcare professional or student, you do not need to be informed of the negative and positive impacts that sleep quality can have on your mind and body. But, you may be neglecting your sleep out of habit. Instead of risking burnout and pushing yourself to your limits, you should read sleep environment guides. These will help you decorate your bedroom better for quality sleep. Other than that, you can also consider natural sleep aids to enhance your ability to get a good night’s rest every night. 

With good-quality sleep, you should also find time to unwind and relax in the evenings when you are not studying. You can choose whatever activity you like to relax. Read a good novel or enjoy simply enjoy relaxing in peace in your backyard. The main thing is that relaxation is significant when it comes to keeping your anxiety and stress levels low. Plus, it will also keep the symptoms of burnout at bay.

Find a hobby, considering your schedule

Even though you may think that your studies will not allow room for an interest or hobby, the rewarding benefits of hobbies may surprise you. You do not need to devote a huge amount of time to your chosen hobby. There are many hobbies you can find that are not as time-consuming as others. Consider reconnecting with your long-lost artist, or maybe gardening would be helpful for you. 

Finding an appropriate hobby does not have to be a challenge. You can just consider going through lists of popular hobbies and choosing the one that suits you. On the other hand, you may also be aware of any interest or hobby that you have pushed aside to focus on your studies. There is no argument that you should focus on your career and studies. However, devoting some time to yourself will lift your mood and make you feel less stressed and lighter in general.

Walk more

Heading out for a quick stroll will boost your mental and physical health. Therefore, it is well worth adding it to your list of healthy habits. Considering your physical health, daily walks will support your immune system.

Furthermore, it will reduce joint pain and make it easier to maintain a healthy weight. It is clear that any exercise, including walking, will help your mental health. Walking is an exercise that does not require separate time. You can walk around and learn new concepts, then just do revisions. However, it is better to free up your mind so that walking has optimal effects on your mind and body.”

Hydrate: drink more water

Since our body is mostly water, it makes sense that we need to consistently replenish our body’s supply. Get enough water to help your body flush waste and lubricate your joints. Moreover, it can also act as a shock absorber for your spine and help your digestive system. 

Why are all these important? It is so because, for a healthy mind, you need a healthy body. Plus, you do not want to get sick or have any health problems since it may affect your studies. Carry a reusable water bottle with you to build a healthy habit around water. Whenever you get bored, just take a sip of water, and your body will thank you. Also, keep water with you while studying; drink every now and then to remain refreshed.

Takeaway

Remember that success comes with proper strategy and planning. Following these tips, you can initiate a healthy lifestyle today. Being a busy healthcare student does not have to harm your health. Ask yourself what you have done to maintain your healthy habits. You have a lot of options for healthy daily habits you can include in your lifestyle. You can go big, pick one or two, and go for the full dozen. Whatever you decide, you will be moving towards a happier, less stressful, and healthier you. Consider your demanding schedule and try to cut some time for yourself, as it is extremely important.




Tim Williamson, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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