Some people believe that those who work in healthcare should look healthy. It’s a stigma that will follow you as a nurse. It’s not necessarily bad either because it shows that you’re a good role model to those who require your care or it can also be used as a motivation tool to workout and eat balanced nutritional diets. You may be able to get away with ramen noodles on the daily while you study to become an LVN, but you should consider changing the habit when your nursing career is in full blast. So what are some of the ways you can maintain your personal health as a nurse?
Healthy Snacks That Last
- Whole Grains
- Lean meats
- Unsalted Nuts
These first 3 sources of food on the list are known as slow-release carbs, meaning they will help fill your appetite, in a healthy way, longer than other options. You can find these foods in various organic crackers, oatmeal, breads, and cereals. Protein is good for keeping you well alert and focused, and can be found in lean meats, seafood, eggs, and various nuts. Salads are great option for many, but don’t fall into the trap many people are victim of: fattening dressings and croutons.
You should seriously make a conscious effort to stay away from foods that are high in fat (i.e. any type of fried foods) or sugar (i.e. candies), despite how tasty or tempting they are. Replace the fried food with lean meat or nuts, which contain healthy fats. Skip on the candy by opting for nature’s candy instead: fruit.
Quick tip: vending machines are tempting, but often contain unhealthy options. Try bringing snacks from home instead.
Don’t Skimp On Sleep
Depriving yourself of sleep is bad in many ways. Staying on the hunger topic, those who skimp on their sleep are hungrier than those who aren’t. You also won’t be as alert and focused throughout the day, and you will be more likely to settle for a meal that is in no way healthy. A good sweet spot for sleep ranges from 6.5 to 8 hours of sleep per night. The earlier you begin to take sleep seriously, the easier it becomes!
Hit The Gym
Of course, one of the best things you can do to maintain your personal health is hit the gym. Actually, you don’t even have to hit the gym. Taking a walk around the block a few times, jogging around a park, or biking on the beach, are all viable cardio options that will keep your organs in steady shape. Remember, nurses should be good role models… use this as a motivation tool to get you moving. Plus, it will boost your confidence and keep you happy!