Healthy Manager: 5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Medical Office Manager Should Make

As a healthcare professional, you give yourself to others each day. As we head into a new decade, we encourage you to choose a few New Year’s Resolutions that can help you be a healthier, happier version of yourself.

As we all know, maintaining good health can be challenging for a medical office manager. It is easy to blame our lifestyle choices on hectic schedules and lack of energy after a long day at work, but excuses will not help you feel better. It is crucial to take steps to improve your health, even while at work. Here are five New Year’s resolutions every medical office manager should make in 2022.

Invest in something that makes you feel good during your workday.

It is crucial that you feel good at work because that will affect how you carry yourself, present yourself to patients, and ultimately, interact and care for them.

So, whether it’s a fresh set of scrubs that fit just right, a pair of comfy tennis shoes that ease those achy legs, or a new blender for those morning energizing smoothies, do something small that helps you get through the day feeling stronger and more confident.

Implement actual self-care. 

Bubble baths are nice, and spa days can be exhilarating, but proper self-care is about tending to yourself. It’s essential that your emotional, physical, mental, and financial needs are met.

So, whether it’s that medical exam you’ve been avoiding, that bill you need to pay, or the therapy appointment you keep canceling, this is the year to make authentic self-care a priority.

[Click here for some life hacks to keep you feeling great throughout your workday!]

Analyze yourself to prevent burnout. 

While you are used to analyzing patients, analyzing yourself is difficult. While it may be challenging, turn that analytical mind inward, and assess yourself to determine if you are displaying any signs of burnout.

If you are, it’s time to implement some strategies right away. Start taking the time to regularly assess potential burnout and make needed changes.

Get active after five. 

As a medical office manager, your job can be physically and mentally demanding, but it’s still essential to move your body outside of office hours.

Make one of New Year’s resolutions to get active. You don’t have to do high-intensity workouts to do your body some good. For example, if your day is full of stress, counteract the mental tension with yoga or Pilates. Or, if your day has been physically exhausting due to lifting boxes and pushing heavy file doors, consider a long walk outside in nature.

Find a new hobby. 

Medical office managers tend to eat, sleep, and breathe their jobs. Actively engaging in a new hobby can refresh you in ways that will make you better at work. Many healthcare workers find that a creative hobby at home can provide the perfect work/life balance due to the stressful nature of their job.

Some hobbies you can try include:

  • Gardening
  • Knitting
  • Crafting
  • Art or photography classes
  • Surfing
  • Creative writing
  • Cooking classes
  • Learning to play an instrument

While working in the medical field can be rewarding, it is highly demanding. As we approach the new year, it’s time to reflect and focus on your own needs. Start by following these tips and focus on healing with some quality New Year’s Resolutions.

After all, you cannot treat others if you do not take care of yourself first!

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