Healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians, give out advice for healthy living to their patients on a daily basis. However, they often let their own personal healthcare needs go by the wayside due to their stressful jobs and hectic schedules. Here are some ideas to keep you going strong whether you are a professional, a patient or both.

Prep Meals to Shed Pounds and Save Time

Weight is a very important health indicator. Healthcare professionals often warn patients that their weight is getting out of hand while neglecting the number on their own scale. If your hectic schedule has caused you to pack on a few pounds, try meal-prepping to lighten up your diet and your daily work load. Prepare healthy meals on the weekend and use portion-control containers to store and transport them.

Take Care of Your Feet

Doctors and nurses are on their feet all day, which often leads to foot pain. Soothe your aching feet at the end of your shift with a foot cream that contains ingredients like tea tree oil and lavender. These ingredients soften your skin and rejuvenate tired muscles. Applying a heavy coat of foot cream and covering with soft socks before bed is a great way to relax and restore your feet while you sleep.

Hit the Books

Learning new things helps to keep your mind sharp, which can prevent degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. Nurses, therapists and other healthcare professionals should consider earning a degree that allows them to move up the ladder within their profession. Nurse’s assistants and practical nurses, for example, can attend nursing school online to become a registered nurse or a nurse practitioner.  Learning more about health in a classroom setting is worth the time.

Don’t Skimp on Shut-Eye

Sleep is vital for everyone, but a good night’s rest is especially important for healthcare workers who often have long and irregular schedules. Consider taking short naps during the day when you get a break. Make time for a full night’s sleep when your shift is over. Plan to sleep at least eight hours. Make your sleeping area as dark and quiet as possible. Wear a sleeping mask if you work the night shift and have to catch z’s during the day.

Patients can only be as healthy as their providers. If you are off your game when treating a patient, the result could be life or death. Remember to treat your own health with the same level of care that you would give to your patients.

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