The Importance of Self-Care in an Accelerated Training Program
Mar. 19, 2018
You enjoy nurturing people, and that perhaps is the primary reason you enrolled in one of Concordeâs accelerated health care programs. If you want to make a difference, we advise that you to begin solidifying self-care habits while still a student. What is Self-Care? Self-care is the act of taking steps to keep yourself mentally, emotionally and physically fit. Eating a balanced meal, sleeping at least 7-8 hours per night, and setting aside time to do things you enjoy areÂ examples of self-care. Any act that you take to reduce stress and anxiety will help you throughout your time as aÂ health care trainingÂ student. It will also help you once you graduated and have begun full-time work caring for your patients and co-workers. Some battle with feeling as though taking time to invest in themselves is selfish or will have to wait until all others in their lives are at a certain point. Itâs especially common in those who are well-suited for a career in health care because of their empathetic, genuine regard for those around them. However, think about it as refilling a pool after the off-season. Wouldnât you rather swim in clear, crisp, balanced water rather than diving into a half-filled, murky puddle? Signs you Need Self-Care Sometimes people might not realize they need to take care of their bodies, emotions, andÂ minds until they have already had a breakdown. This could happen to students in an accelerated health care program, or it could occur while already employed. Itâs important to recognize the signs that you might need to address some areas of your life. Signs that you need self-care include as follows:
- You start to dread going to work or do not want to get out of bed.
- Back pains, migraines or other physical ailments have become commonplace.
- You experience increased anxiety and difficulty concentrating on small tasks.
- Burnout and fatigue now plague you.
- You have becomeÂ easily annoyed or irritated.