Don’t underestimate the importance of staying healthy
It is easy to take good health for granted. But if you have ever gotten very sick, you begin to appreciate what a good thing it is to be healthy again. There are many steps you can take to prevent illness and improve your health. If you pick up any fitness or health magazine, your head will be spinning with advice.
At the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, we are training tomorrow’s nursing assistants and practical nurses. Nurses are known for taking care of others, and we want to be sure that our nurses remember to take care of themselves too! Be sure to keep these three simple tips in mind if you want to take better care of yourself.
Exercise is #1 on any list of health tips! Most of us live lifestyles that are too sedentary. Whether it’s working at a desk or watching TV, we don’t get up from our chairs or sofas often enough. Try these fun tips for adding exercise to your life:
- Join a gym
- Schedule a consistent workout time in your calendar 3xs per week
- Workout with a friend
- Do jumping jacks during commercials
- If you have a desk job, get up every 30 minutes for a quick walk around
- Try a couch-to-5K plan
- Dust off your bike and go for a ride
- Take up a new sport you’ve never tried before
- Join a recreational sports league in your community
- Get up early in the morning and do stretches or yoga
2. Eat Well
Getting good nutrition is both easy and hard. It is easy because there are so many fresh fruits and vegetables available in the stores, but at the same time, it is difficult, because there are so many inexpensive fast food alternatives that can ruin our diets! Try these easy tips to improve your diet.
- Try a vegetable you’ve never tried before
- Eat fish at least once a week
- Choose lean white meat over red meat
- Try fresh fruit or dried fruit when you are craving sweets
- Avoid going for seconds (or if you have to, take seconds of the vegetables)
- Get zero-calorie flavored seltzer water instead of sugary drinks
- Go for a skim latte rather than a frappucino
- Instead of meeting a friend for a drink, go for a walk or meet at the gym
- Try to fill half of your dinner plate with vegetables (and the other half with ¼ protein and ¼ grain)
When life gets busy, we often let ourselves fall victim to stress. Stress not only feels bad psychologically, but it can also be bad for your physical health. Here are some suggestions for how to de-stress:
- Get more organized. Organizing your days’ tasks at the beginning of the day can help you get them done in a more orderly way without the last-minute surprises.
- Learn to say no. If you are the type of person who takes on too many commitments, try to get better at saying no. Prioritize the tasks that are most important, and say no to the rest.
- Get your sleep. Nothing makes you more cranky than a bad night’s sleep. So get off the social media and turn off the TV at night. Get to bed earlier, and you will wake up with more energy to face the day.
- Carve out some personal time. Everyone needs down time so they can unwind and relax. Whether it’s going to yoga class, watching TV, reading a book, or hanging out with your friends, it’s important to have your down time.
If you are someone who is busy with your job, your studies, or your family, you may sometimes forget how important it is to make time for yourself. We hope these three fun tips are helpful reminders to take your health seriously. If you make the time, you will find that it is worth it!
This article is part of the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health’s weekly blog, which provides students and the public with career-related and health-related information. Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, we are committed to training students to become Practical Nurses, Licensed Nursing Assistants, and Patient Care Technicians.