Healthy Manager: Spring into Action – Stay Healthy as a Busy Practice Manager

We have finally made it through the winter and are all ready for some brighter days ahead.

Now it’s time to start planning a spring break, holiday visits with the family, storing that winter clothing, and prep for a fresh new season. It’s time to “spring into action” this month. April marks the end of the spring season – before those dog days of summer hit. There is no better time than to start now!

While we have the best of intentions, as a medical office managers, it can be exhausting to balance your work schedule, family, social life, and worry about getting healthy for the spring. If you find it challenging to balance a busy schedule, being healthy is the last thing on your mind.

However, health plays a crucial role in your productivity and ability to get through your workday, and we have to find ways to maintain it. After all, we can’t take care of others if we can’t take care of ourselves. Keep reading for four ways to stay healthy and active amid a busy spring schedule.

Snack healthy.

When you eat small snacks between meals, you stabilize your blood sugar, balance your metabolism, and maintain your energy levels. However, to do this, it’s essential to eat healthy snacks. Eating healthy, vitamin-packed snacks will help improve your mood, brain function, and energy, keeping you productive and level-headed even with a stressful day ahead.

Instead of that chocolate bunny this spring, try some carrots! Carrots are naturally sweet and full of vitamins and minerals. While carrots may not satisfy your sweet tooth like chocolate, it’s just an example of making good choices and munching on beneficial snacks.

A good snack should have some fiber and protein to satisfy you and keep you full until your next meal. Try and stay away from sugary foods that will cause you to crash. Bring healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, or granola.

[Need some healthy lunch ideas to get you through the workday? Click here!]

Get active.

Sitting still for too long can harm your body. To keep yourself prepared for your busy day, you must keep yourself moving. If you work at a desk for long hours, set the alarm, and take a moment to move around.

Doing this will help to maintain a healthy blood flow throughout your body. Give yourself 15 to 30 minutes for a short home workout in the morning or afternoon, or plan to take a brisk walk during your lunch hour.  From strengthening muscles to boosting the immune system, regular activity keeps us physically and mentally fit

Stay hydrated.

It’s easy to forget to drink water when busy, but drinking water is vital. The body needs hydration to function correctly, and just a 2% water deprivation can decrease your productivity. According to the Mayo Clinic, we should be drinking more per day than previously thought. Studies show that generally healthy people should consume 11-15 cups of water daily.

However, it’s not super beneficial to drink all your daily recommended water at once. The best way to stay hydrated is to monitor your water drinking throughout the day.

Take a minute.

It’s easy to imagine taking the time to focus on self-care, but let’s face it, most of us don’t have that luxury. If you don’t have 15 minutes to spare, take just one minute out of your day.

Yes, taking only one minute for yourself can help reduce stress and anxiety. That one minute can allow you to refresh your mind and improve your focus. You can just sit down and calm your nerves or give yourself some time to practice breathing techniques. Try out some minute meditations or put down your phone, step back from your computer, and close your eyes.

It can seem almost impossible to balance a healthy lifestyle and a busy schedule. However, staying healthy doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. By focusing on the smaller details like drinking water, snacking healthy, and taking one minute to focus on your mind and your body, you can reduce your mental and physical stress and improve your energy and productivity.

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