There is more to being a health practitioner than most people understand. As a member of a “profession”, what you DO for a living often becomes your identity.
I know this all too well. Being a nurse, for me, was way more than just getting a paycheck. That title, RN, carried so much more internal value.
But the challenges of studying, getting registered, maintaining the license, and keeping fulfilled in my job stretched me pretty thin. Can you relate?
Furthermore, other Regulated Health Professionals hold designations that require far more continuing education requirements that force them to put their personal time aside in order to maintain their skills.
In this case, your attitude, mindset, and ability to be mindful is key to your productivity and full potential.
Here are the “7 deadly mistakes” that I see many health practitioners making and should be avoided in order to lead high vibe and mindful lives:
#1. Take your health for granted
What I mean by taking your health for granted is avoiding taking your supplements on a consistent basis, giving-up on sleep opportunities when you know that’s what’s needed, and neglecting to to restore your health.
Taking care of your workplace or clients won’t make-up for your health. Instead, it’ll fulfill a need for contribution and significance but these are short-term gains, that won’t pay dividends like managing your health and mind on a daily basis. Stressing-out your adrenals all day is a sure way to drive you to feeling adrenal fatigue.
The signs and symptoms of stress & adrenal fatigue are lack of patience, lack of productivity, low energy, sadness, anxiety, weight gain, belly fat, and poor communication with colleagues and your family.
All this can take a toll on you. Quite often, once you reach that threshold of being burned-out, you could be putting your career and health at risk. But if you can find time to meditate and practice mindful strategies.
And what is the #1 thing you fear changing the most right now? Fear can stop us dead in our tracks. Remember that a 5-minute exercise routine in the middle of the day can be to take the stairs at work, or do some push-ups and stretches, and remember how valuable your supplements can be, so that you can enjoy a productive life outside of your job too.
#2. Invest too much of themselves in their work and neglect their personal life
Work-life balance is never easy, no matter what you do for a living. But for health practitioners, I see this happen all too often. In this case, there are 2 specific needs at play: contribution and significance. These 2 can rule what you do on a subconscious level.
Always keep in mind that your job will always be there. The clients will always need you.
The system is strained, but it doesn’t mean you have to invest all your time in it. I’m not telling you anything new. If you’re feeling pressured by administration to take-on more shifts, consider the fact that too many hours can reduce your productivity putting you at risk of making an error.
Aside from the pressures of the system, there’s a thing that health practitioners do: they over-invest themselves and place all of their identity in their profession. This leads them to feeling they have no time.
What else are you passion about? Variety is also a human need that doesn’t need to be met solely at work. Self-Care is a term thrown around a lot but I want to push you to deconstruct your routine, and consider recreating a new health routine, as I talk about in a prior podcast episode. You can make a list of things you like to do that enable you to feel like #1 and try doing one of those each day.
#3. Can’t say no to an extra shift
This mistake is the kiss of death, as you may know very well. This is because you miss-out on quality sleep, and quality time with yourself. Those are two things that you never get back once you give them up.
I will reiterate what I said in point #1, that if you take an extra shift when you’re not being mindful of its consequences, you’re at risk of taking your health for granted. When this happens, you might be aware that you’re tipping the scales emotionally and cognitively but it then becomes difficult to re-balance.
When you’re off balance, it’s also difficult to know what you need in order to do the things you need to do to get back to neutral.
If you are making this mistake on a consistent basis because you need the money to pay your student loans or support your family, please consider meditation.
#4. Don’t attend to your higher purpose, and true calling
I want you to think back to when you applied to med school or nursing school… What was it that peaked your interest, and are you living-in that energy today?
By attending to your true purpose, or your “calling”, you will be in a better position to manage stress instead of continually feeling frustrated with an overloaded system.
In Pro-Mind, I take you through a Higher Purpose exercise that I learned in my coaching program with Tony Robbins and Cloe Madanes. This exercise takes you deep into your subconscious mind, and allows you to answer what it is you’re really here for, and what your ultimate goal is in life.
For some, their higher calling is live with more flexibility and when that need is attended to, they feel completely supported and fulfilled. For others, it’s to be surrounded by love and connections all day, so those folks could never work in a remote area. What does your heart want for you?
#5. Get too settled in the same job for too long
OK, so I’m the first to admit that change is very difficult. Change can also be very painful but it’s so much easier to change positions when you approach it from a position of personal and professional growth. Growth, as addressed in podcast episode 6 is a human need, and it pushes us out of our comfort zone.
Although you might feel that staying in the same clinical area for a long time allows you to do your job really well, often times this causes stagnation. Don’t make this deadly mistake and miss-out on the the chance to try and explore other fields/areas within your profession or hospital. Perhaps you love travelling but only do so with your annual vacation time. If this is the case, might you be able to work overseas for a year? Often times those oversees positions offer great financial incentives that could get you ahead of the game financially.
# 6. Neglect to see their own value in the health care industry
The statement “I am valueable!” is easier said than done, but allow this to be your affirmation for the next month. Before you decided to become a health professional, I bet you had some idea of how important you would be but over time this wanes.
This has placed a lot of stress on the health care system because we are in a shortage of doctors and nurses all over the world.
At one time, choosing a career as a nurse was considered as the “road less traveled”, but when the demand for more nurses shifted some years ago, people jumped-in with both feet. Women AND men. Some even left their day jobs and changed careers to become health care providers.
So remember that although you joined a system that is drained, you are so needed by the people you care for on a daily basis…regardless of the baggage you carry around with you consciously or subconsciously.
#7. Refusing to admit your own mistakes
Regardless of how new you might be in the field, or in your clinical area, you need to build your reputation and the best way to do that is by being honest if you’re missing something, or you made a mistake.
If you’re questioning yourself, or your colleague, find a way to come clean about that.
If you need to report an incident, do so out of integrity.
Acting out of integrity enhances your self-esteem and proves you’re being mindful in the clinical environment. Overtime, this will allow you to grow as a health professional and avoid further stress.