As a nurse practitioner, you probably spend most of the day caring for the health and well-being of other people. But what about your own health? Let’s take a look at some ways you can maintain your own health as a nurse practitioner so you can continue to have a fruitful and successful career.

Make Time to Eat

Running from room to room and ensuring patients are taken care of leaves little time for a normal breakfast, lunch and dinner schedule. Food should power your body through a strenuous day. If you are working a morning shift, eating a full breakfast can give you enough energy to get your shift off to a great start.

It’s also a good idea to keep some on-the-go snacks at your workstation in case something comes up that disrupts your lunch or dinner plans. Foods such as nuts, pretzels and granola bars are easy to eat and provide a punch of power.

Take Breaks

Being on your feet for most of the day can cause discomfort and long-term injury to your back and knees. As a nurse practitioner, you should be given time for a break, and it’s important you take it.

Use your break to rest your feet, stretch or readjust your body and have some mental time away from the stress of the job. Taking this short amount of time can refresh and rejuvenate, allowing you to return to your shift and knock out the rest of the day.

Work/Life Balance Matters

Nurses and nurse practitioners are notorious for taking the stress of work home. With an already stressful work environment, this can be a detriment to both mental and physical health.

In order to be healthy and fit for work, it’s important to find things that make you happy outside of the hospital or clinic. Find hobbies that allow you to clear your mind and relieve some of the stress.

During your off-hours, get plenty of sleep and try to fit in time for exercise. The more you focus on yourself outside of the office, the more mental space you’ll have to focus on the patients during your shift.

Nurse practitioners perform an exceptionally important job role in society. While addressing the health concerns of patients, it’s also necessary to review and improve your own health.