Whether you’ve already entered the exciting world of healthcare, you are currently a student in a Ross healthcare training program, or are just considering a healthcare career program now, a healthy work/life balance is something that can be difficult to achieve and even harder to maintain. However, even though it may not be easy, that balance is possible and important to make sure that you can give the best to your family, friends, patients, coworkers, and, most importantly, yourself.
If you are a healthcare professional, or pursuing a career in the field, you are likely the type of person that is constantly looking for ways to take care of and serve those around you. That makes balancing your life and taking care of yourself that much harder! However, it’s also important to remember that you must take care of you before you can be at your best for those people in your life like your children, spouse, friends, and patients. In order to help you do that, we came up with a few tips to provide a little direction to bring balance to your busy life.
In a world that is inundated with smartphones, tablets, and computers, sometimes it’s hard to really unplug and live life solely in the world around you. If you don’t need to be connected via email, text messages, and social media during your downtime, set the phone down. Play with your children, talk with your friends or significant other in real time, enjoy the outdoors, or read a book.
Just like taking time to unplug from devices, it’s important to take an honest look at what you need to do and what you want to do. If there are commitments or relationships that are taking up time and pulling you down, let them go. Then, with everything that’s left, come up with a list of priorities and then stick to them. Live your life according to those priorities and don’t allow extra things to take away from that.
Get active & eat healthy
Make time to hit the gym, take a yoga class, or even take a walk or bike ride with your children or significant other. While making time every day to exercise, also make sure that you are making the most of your diet. Eat foods that will increase energy and metabolism, leaving you happier, energized, and less stressed each day.
Let go of perfectionism
We all know that no one is perfect, but many of us still try to be. Although hard work is something to admire, perfectionism is sure to cause you unnecessary stress and disappointment, which can lead to a slew of other health problems. You aren’t perfect, but you can become better every day with hard work and a willingness to never stop learning!
Ask for help when you need it
Along the same lines as letting go of perfectionism, it’s essential that you are willing to ask for help when you need it. Recognize that you will become a much more well-rounded and effective healthcare professional, parent, friend, human if you are willing to request support or ask a question if you need clarification. This will help you avoid becoming burnt out and allow you to be far more successful and likely build deeper relationships with others.
Life doesn’t seem to slow down as we get older, especially those of us in the healthcare field. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy every moment of your life and make the most of it. Unsure of your next steps? Check out the healthcare training programs at Ross Medical Education Center: Medical Assistant, Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration, Dental Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Veterinary Assistant.