Living Healthy Tips for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
Advanced Practice Providers work hard and it can take its toll on you both physically and mentally. You cannot be at your best and take care of your patients it you’re tired. So how do you recharge?
Here are 6 Healthy Living Tips:
Embrace an Attitude of Gratitude – Having a positive, grateful attitude can work wonders. Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life and turns your focus away from negative thoughts. Gratitude can make you happier.
Go outside – Taking a walk in a park or on the beach can be so enjoyable. Going out and appreciating nature is great way to care for yourself.
Get Moving – Exercise is vital to living a healthy life. You don’t have to run marathons – just move. Exercise increases blood flow to your brain. It releases feel-good endorphins which improves your mood and makes you more alert. It’s also a stress reliever and can be an effective way to improve your mental state.
Stop and Meditate – Spending as little as five minutes meditating can help calm and make you feel better. A few deep breaths; quiet yourself and you will be refreshed and ready to go. There are several great apps to help you meditate even some with timers.
Get Enough Sleep – our bodies need eight hours of sleep but life sometimes gets in the way. Not getting enough affects your well-being and adds to your stress. Getting the right amount of sleep has loads of benefits including letting your body and mind heal, improving your memory and can help you live longer.
Better Food Choices – Use the 80 / 20 rule – eat fruits, veggies, lean protein and healthy fats and carbs 80% of the time and you’ll be doing better than most people and your body will thank you.
These tips can help you gain the work life balance you need to be recharged and feel good which makes you better able to care for yourself and your patients.