Those who choose to work in the healthcare field are people who are willing to take on some very unique challenges and stress that you just don’t find in other jobs. Not only is it a fast-paced and often a stressful environment to work in, the first couple of seasons on the job can play a real number on your immune system as you are exposed to more than your fair share of illnesses, germs, and bugs.
With that in mind here’s a look at four must-use tips that can help you stay healthy even when you first enter the field, making you more productive, effective, and happy overall.
Stay Up to Date on Vaccinations
As you worked through your master of public health program at school, one of the things you would have studied is the importance of vaccines. Staying up-to-date on vaccines is an excellent way to avoid contracting a variety of illnesses and diseases.
Hold Back on the Alcohol Consumption
While having a glass or two of wine with dinner is never a big deal, did you know that too much alcohol consumption actually impedes your white blood cells’ ability to kill off bacteria in your body? That means your body won’t be doing its job effectively. As well, alcohol consumption can cause restlessness and sleep issues, which mean you won’t be getting the recommended amount of daily sleep. Sleep is also important in fighting germs.
Disinfect the Surfaces in Your Home Often
Another tip involves keeping your own home clean. During your online MPH degree program there was probably a lot of discussion on the importance of handwashing and keeping your work area clean/germ-free, but what about at home? You don’t want to be spreading germs around your home, which means it’s important to disinfect hard surfaces on a regular basis.
This includes such things as door knobs, window latches, closet doors, countertops, faucets, light switches, your phone, etc. It’s always a good idea to have disinfectant wipes available not just at work on your desk but also at home in all your living spaces.
Get in the Habit of Handwashing
Handwashing isn’t something that is just reserved for those in the healthcare industry, as this is the strongest weapon you have to fight germs. It’s important to get into the habit of handwashing before you deal with a new patient, after you finish with that patient, before and after you eat, and after you use the computer (especially if it is a shared computer terminal).
Sometimes, you may find yourself on the run with no time to get to a sink to wash your hands, which is why you need to have a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer on you at all times.
Don’t Let Working with the Public Dictate Your Health
By using these tips you’ll be ensuring that your health stays a top priority even when you’re being exposed to a variety of germs and bugs on a regular daily basis.