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Health Tips for Busy Physicians

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 22, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Working in the medical field can be incredibly taxing. Not having a lot of downtime and always having to perform at your best can be tiring. Medical professionals have a stressful job and role in society. Here are a few tips for keeping your health in good condition.

Diet is the most important thing for any person who is always busy. Just like any other highly active individual, you need to make sure you are eating healthy. A great way to start the day is by eating a healthy breakfast. Keep away from unnecessary sugars in the morning. As for lunch, you want something filling and packed with good proteins while trying to avoid red meats. Make the meal well-balanced by adding in some low-glycemic carbohydrates, like brown rice or whole wheat bread. For most people, a high intake of carbs for lunch can cause one to sloth. Snacking can also be used to boost some energy through the day. Eat things like fruits, fiber bars, nuts, and make sure you're drinking enough water to stay hydrated. Try to stay away from sodas and other sugary drinks throughout the day. Coffee and tea, however, can be kept to a max of 2 cups throughout the workday.

The next tip would be to stay active. This does not have to be going to the gym early in the morning or late at night. Staying active could be walking around your job site, instead of just sitting or standing. During your lunch break, try to utilize the time to take a walk if possible. Using the stairs more often can burn calories quickly even if you're moving at a reasonable pace. Try to do other cardiovascular activities outside of work to keep your health in good condition and keep you at peak performance.

The last tip has to do with mental health. It's best to be mentally ready for every day, so go into each with a positive outlook. If you go into a day negatively, it can affect how you act toward colleagues and patients alike. Try to avoid negative colleagues when possible because they can bring your mood down too. Be mentally calm, and greet others with positivity. Breathing exercises or other forms of meditation can go a long way before, during, or after a workday. Another thing to keep in mind is if your thoughts are getting negative during the day or after, it's best to talk to someone. Sometimes talking it out can get things off your chest and take some of the stress off as well.

Stay healthy, stay positive, and be the change you want to see.

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