Healthy Employees Equal a Healthy Rheumatology Practice

As rheumatology practice managers, our objective is to manage a thriving practice so we can take care of our patients and improve health. Unfortunately, most who take care of others usually neglect themselves. Long days sitting in a chair can lead to weight gain, heart issues, and impact brain function.

Thankfully, there are several things we can do to stay healthy while working long hours. By implementing just a few small changes, you can see significant results.

Stay hydrated.

Drinking plenty of water is a great habit to develop while you’re working. There may be some days where you don’t feel like you have time to eat, let alone sip on water, but it’s time to make your health a priority. Even mild dehydration can cause impaired brain function, fatigue, headache, and moodiness. These are all things that affect your productivity at work.

Make it your goal to drink approximately eight glasses of water each day and keep track of your progress. Keep a large water bottle by you, track your intake with an app, or reward yourself each time you drink a glass.

Pack a lunch.

Pack a well-balanced lunch and eat it at your desk while working. Not only can you save money and calories, but you can also get more work done. Eat in-season and nutrient-rich foods to boost your immunity and keep you feeling healthy throughout your day.

Utilize your lunch break for a quick walk and some fresh air. Being active and getting the blood flowing is a great way to battle the post-lunch sluggishness, and it’s a much healthier option than that sugar-filled soda.

Sit up straight.

Unfortunately, most computer desks are not designed with your spine in mind. Trade in your old chair for a more ergonomic model and make sure your computer screen is at the correct height, so you aren’t twisting your neck to see the screen. Throughout the day, make sure your ears align with your shoulders, uncross your legs and stand for just a few seconds every hour to maximize blood flow.

Practice self-care.

In addition to all the above tips, it is time to make YOU a priority. As a busy rheumatology practice manager, you take care of others all day. When the shift ends, remember to take care of yourself too. Soak in a luxurious bubble bath complete with oils and Epsom salts, or give yourself 30 minutes at night for some peaceful reading, accompanied by chamomile tea.

Plan a weekly night out with friends or get away for the weekend. Whatever you do, take the time to pamper yourself and decompress. It can have significant physical and mental benefits!08

Do you have any perfected tips or tricks for a healthier work shift? If so, share them on NORM’s Facebook page, and let’s stay healthy together this year!

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