Well, I’m back in the Intensive Care Unit! It’s been quite a while (1.5 years!). The ICU can be an interesting and rewarding place to work, but its guaranteed to be intense and time consuming. It quickly gets exhausting (I’m already exhausted after only a week!). When I’m on consuming rotations like this I really try to focus on self care – eating well, exercising, and sleeping as much as possible. Following through on self care takes planning, especially during busy times. I’m the type of person that performs better if I have a plan, so I decided to create a few simple daily goals for trying to stay healthier (and fit for my upcoming vacation). So, until the end of May (vacation time), I’m attempting the following goals:
Next up, exercise. I really love exercising. But after doing the same workouts for over a year, my body is craving something different. I’ll continue to work out at my same yoga studio most days due to convenience (its 1 block away). But once a week I’ll try to do a different type of workout. Whether that be running, weights, outside sports or an indoor class at a new studio (cycling, HIIT, crossfit, etc). I think I’ll need to expand my workout gear!
It seems silly to mention sleeping more as a goal, but I’m doing it! I try to get a least 8 hours of sleep per night. It usually doesn’t happen. But I feel significantly better after allowing myself to get that extra rest. Many residents don’t do this, but my goal is to allow myself to sleep as much as my body needs on my day off, and not feel guilty for putting off other tasks. That dry cleaning or car wash can wait.
Nothing else too interesting to share, at least that I can think of (my brain is slow today without coffee). Back to work tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, especially if you’re getting awesome weather like we finally are over here!