Dear students! This week is exceptional for all emergency medicine professionals. EMERGENCY MEDICINE WELLNESS WEEK (EMWW).
EMWW is created by ACEP to remind emergency physicians and their colleagues “we are human, we should take care of ourselves, self-renew, enjoy life.”
It is also crucial for medical students. Your health is most important! Taking care of yourselves is your priority. Therefore, eat well, sleep well and be physically active while you are in medical school. Learn healthy lifestyle now and apply it.
ACEP has many recommendations
Increase healthy food intake – such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, water
Drink less alcohol and/or coffee
Lose 1 pound or 0.5 kilogram – Hint: don’t forget to track your progress and report at the end of EM Wellness Week
Try a new and fun healthy food
Keep track of steps (or miles) with set pre-determined daily goal
Try new type of exercise you might enjoy – yoga, Zumba, circuit training, spin, a new sport – Hint: Some local gyms, yoga studios or sports classes will let you try their service for a 1-week trial in conjunction with EM Wellness Week
Self-monitor your personal wellness
Sleep in blocks of at least 3 to 4 hours, with 1 or 2 blocks per 24-hour period to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep
Work with your scheduler to initiate rotating shifts in a clockwise manner for scheduling caregivers that work a variety of shift times
Set the alarm to GO TO bed
Create a better sleep environment (such as a quiet and cool room, white noise, room-darkening shades, sign on the door that says “day sleeper”)
Sleep with your partner