The right resolutions can improve your mental and physical health and maybe, even your future career. Try these six resolutions to start your 2021 off right.
-Take better care of yourself
Healthcare students from all fields (you know who you are!) tend to go a little harder than most. At clinicals or on your externship, you’re often on your feet assisting patients or moving equipment, and then hurrying back to class/study for the next exam. If you add family and personal responsibilities to the mix, there’s not much time left for you. That’s why eating well, exercising, and getting quality sleep should take a larger precedent in the new year. Make a resolution that will ensure good health is in the forefront, which in turn will make for a better you. Devoting a little more focus and time to your essential needs can result in less stress, more productivity, better outcomes in school, and a more balanced life.
-Get in tune with your future
As you go deeper into your studies, you may lose sight of why you wanted to go to school in the first place. The New Year means a clean slate in many ways, but it’s also a time to realign yourself with your big-picture goals. Resolve to talk regularly with the people who inspired you to go to school. At the Allen School of Health Sciences, we have been helping students for 60 years; Encouraging, coaching and assisting students with their career and life goals. Revisit other reasons you wanted to enter into healthcare and write them down, stash them away in a safe place. Better yet, carry them with you on the go this way when if going gets tough in 2021, you’ll always be reminded of why you began school in the first place.
-Open up your ears and listen
As healthcare students we want to share what we’ve learned with the world. We go through grueling hours of study and hands-on training, so when the time comes to show off a little, we spout our new knowledge to anyone who will listen. But often, by keeping our mouth shut and our ears open, we actually learn more.
This doesn’t only apply to the classroom; become an active participant in your friendships through active listening. Not only will you build stronger relationships, you’ll also build necessary skills to become a better caregiver in the future.
-Laugh a little more each day
Humor has its place in the day-to-day lives of healthcare practitioners for a reason. Even though we’re doing what we love, we see some things most people will never witness at any point in their lives. Our jobs take a physical and emotional toll on us, and without finding something to laugh about daily, it’s easy to succumb to all the pressure. By adding a few extra chuckles to your routine, you can reap the benefits of lower blood pressure, less stress, and increased blood flow. And, let’s face it, laughing makes us feel better.
There will be days when all you want to do is stay in bed and watch your favorite movie instead of facing the challenging day ahead. 2020 was not an easy year to say the least but it’s important that even in the darkest of moments, you try and stay positive. We know, hearing “hang in there” is the last thing you want to hear when you’re having a bad day, but the alternative can have a negative impact on your health, your performance, and your surroundings. When you graduate and become a Medical Assistant, you’ll continue to face many challenges so if you make a resolution to create a habit of positivity, those hard times will be a little easier.
What are your resolutions for the New Year? Ready to put 2020 in the rearview mirror? Are you ready to put your new year’s resolutions into action? Having a new year’s resolution of starting a new career in healthcare? In order to protect our community during the COVID-19 crisis, The Allen School of Health Sciences is offering virtual campus tours for enrollment for our classes starting soon. Contact the Allen School today! We cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.