One the things I find fascinating about working in the healthcare industry is the significant disconnect between the high quality of care provided to patients, while simultaneously seeing the staff take very poor care of their own health. Little or no exercise, bad nutritional choices (you can’t hide your “comfort food decisions”) combined with a stressful workplace are…ahem… a recipe for disaster.
This isn’t another post about the importance of eating well and exercising because they are both good for you. In fact, I need your help to understand a strange phenomenon:
“Why do we commit ourselves so completely to our work and then bail out on our best opportunity to have the energy to actually be our best on the job?”
The word diet has such a negative connotation I stopped using it 15 years ago. Simply stated, healthy food give you energy, makes you strong, and allows your brain to actually function. The key is to avoid making drastic changes all at once.
Exercising is one of the hardest transitions for most people. Why? Expectations of course, plus far too many people are horribly out of shape. Limit your expectations so you don’t feel like a failure before you even get started. Your body needs time to adjust…give it time! This process is not a competition, so don’t put pressure on yourself to suddenly get to some fictitious end point. There isn’t one. Just as our work continues, so does our need to move a little each day.
One of the most effective ways to maintain your training routine is to connect with others. It is much easier if you have a friend or coworker who is also exercising. Keep in mind they do not need to be close…you just need to connect with them!
Regardless of which role you play in the healthcare space you will undoubtedly feel stress in your work. Beyond the “normal” challenges of shrinking reimbursements, sourcing the right talent and managing a very diverse workforce comes something that separates us from just about everyone else.
How About You
No it’s not easy, and no you’re not going to enjoy it everyday. So what? If you put half the effort into yourself that you do for your company you’ll be amazed at what you’ll accomplish on the job. Don’t your colleagues, your patients, and your team members deserve your absolute best?
I’d love to hear from you.