Nursing and medical students are used to being the ones providing the care– not getting it themselves. Yet with high stress work and school, not to mention trying to balance personal and family lives, being a student in the health care field can be demanding and can take a heavy toll on your health. That’s why it is important to not only pay attention to the care that you provide others but the care that you provide for your own health and well-being as well.
When you’re sick and run-down from working too hard and too long, you won’t be able to keep up with your school work nor will you be particularly useful in the clinical environment as well. Stress can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to catching any bacteria or virus the patients you are treating or your fellow students might be carrying. If you get sick, you will not only feel horrible but can also get those you treat and study with sick as well, which isn’t good for anyone. Should you get sick or just generally feel rotten, you’ll also be less able to study or perform well on exams and research projects, potentially hurting your grades and making so much of your hard work on school go to waste.
As a health care student, you know how you should be taking care of yourself but you might not be following through on your own expertise on the subject. Eating right, taking time to work out, and balancing your personal, school and work commitments can go a long way to ensuring that you stay well and are able to perform at your best in everything that you do. Checking up on your health regularly and making sure you’re getting the nutrition and preventative care you need is essential to having a long and happy career in medicine.
While you might be more used to playing the doctor or nurse than the patient, it’s important to remember that you should take time out to provide for your own health and wellness needs. It will help you not only feel better but it will make you more able to provide great care for patients and let you spend more time focusing on doing well in your courses. Better yet, it doesn’t require doing anything other than taking a little time out of your day to focus on health– something any medical student should be more than willing to do.