It comes as no surprise that COVID-19, even the mere mention of it, instigates some form of stress. The pandemic has enveloped the world with an invisible blanket of tension and anxiety and created an almost suffocating environment for healthcare professionals to work and study. In addition to treating patients, healthcare workers are struggling with registering and taking licensure and recertification exams, earning enough credits to maintain licensure, and, lastly and most importantly, taking care of themselves.
And what’s the best way to relieve stress? EXERCISE! Doing 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity can yield a more balanced, physically, and mentally healthier you. Although it’s easy to say, adding exercise between rounds, writing patient summaries, administering medicine, etc., is difficult.
So, in honor of this year’s stress Awareness Month and Move More Month, eMedEvents has gathered ways you, as healthcare providers, can sneak in some exercise time in the hospital without compromising your productivity. You can add modifications to these exercises to make them easier to do.
Behind a Desk
Paperwork doesn’t have to be a monotonous task. Use your desk to engage your brain and body simultaneously.
Ankle and Toe Twist
Seated Arm Circles
In the Doctor’s Lounge
Some exercises might require more space, so use the staff room instead.
- Tricep Dips
Elongate Your Reach
Stretching relaxes both your muscles and mind. You can stretch anywhere, so there is no reason why you can’t do it.
Movement is crucial to staying active, and it’s an activity you can do alone or with your colleagues.
- If you drive to work, park your car a farther away, encouraging you to walk a bit.
- If your hospital or office is not too far away, try walking or cycling to work
- Whenever possible, try taking the stairs instead of the lift
- Go on a walk during your breaks with your colleagues
Make it Fun
Competition is an excellent way to stay motivated and make exercise fun. You can turn any exercise into a contest; some examples are:
- Who can hold a plank for longer?
- Who can do more crunches?
- Who can hop for longer?
- Who can get to the top of the stairs first?
These exercises strengthen your core and make you more flexible, alert, self-aware and improve your balance and endurance. Symbiotically, your patients will listen and respond better to your medical advice so that you can stay at the top of your game. Remember, a little bit goes a long way.
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