As a pharmacist, you spend all your time taking care of patients and helping them manage their health, but what about yours? It’s important for pharmacists to pay close attention to their health, especially when faced with a stressful or busy day. To better serve patients, pharmacists should be in great physical and mental health. Here are 5 things pharmacists should do every day to maintain a healthy and stress free lifestyle. 

1. Eat Breakfast

This doesn’t mean stop at McDonald’s every day before work. Make sure you are fueling your body with a nutritious meal to start the day! Skipping meals can cause obesity, hypertension and even insulin resistance. If you find yourself being rushed in the morning and not having time to eat, pre-make some instant oatmeal or fresh fruit and stock your cabinets with granola bars so you can grab and go! 

2. Exercise

Exercise not only improves your physical health, but it can improve your mental health as well. Even if you can’t exercise for the full 30 minutes daily, any type of activity will help. Whether you walk your dog, do housework or dance around to music, just do something to get yourself moving. Find what kinds of exercise you enjoy the most and do them every day!

3. Make Time For You

Making time to do things you enjoy and that make you happy is key to keeping your mental health stable. Think of all the hobbies or activities that make you happy and make sure to make time to do those things during the week. Read a book, play a board game, watch a movie or even color. You’ll find yourself in a better mood if you treat yourself to whatever you like to do! 

4. Personal Hygiene 

This may sound like an obvious one… but take time to pamper yourself! Take a long shower or bubble bath, keep your nails tidy and your hair neat and trimmed. Not only will this help you have a more professional appearance, but will make you feel like a million bucks and will boost your confidence!

5. Sleep Well

This is sometimes easier said than done, but sleep is the most important part of your day. Without it, you won’t be able to serve your patients to the best of your abilities. To help your sleep habits, try creating a sleep schedule, developing a relaxing bedtime routine, avoiding caffeine in the evening and turning off your phone, TV or tablet before bedtime. 

As healthcare workers, your number one priority is taking care of yourself so that you can better take care of your patients at work. What do you do to maintain your physical and mental health?