New Year Resolutions for the Medical Assistant
The right resolutions can improve your mental and physical health, and maybe even your future career! These five resolutions can start your 2020 off right.1. Take better care of yourself Healthcare students from all fields — you know who you are — tend to go hard, a little more than most. At clinicals or your externship, you’re often on your feet, assisting patients or moving equipment, and then hurrying back to class or to study for the next exam. Add family and personal responsibilities to the mix, and you don’t have 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 New Year’s resolutions that push your health in the right direction to create 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. 2. Eye on the prize 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 nearly 60 years. Encouraging, coaching and assisting students with their career and life goals. In addition, revisit other reasons you wanted to enter healthcare. Write them down, and stash them away in a safe place. Better yet, carry them with you on the go. This way, when the going gets tough in 2020 you’ll always be reminded of why you’re in school, close at hand. 3. 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, it’s easy and fun to spout our new knowledge at parties, to our instructors, or 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 future4. 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 of lower blood pressure, less stress, and increased blood flow. And, let’s face it, laughing makes us feel better. 5. Stay positive 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. 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. 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? Are you ready to put your new years resolutions into action? Having a new year’s resolution of starting a new career in healthcare? Contact the Allen School of Health Sciences today! We are now enrolling for our winter classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more. -Allen School