Realistic ways for nurses to keep their health

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We get it: No nurse has time to hit the gym multiple times a week, pack tasty but healthy lunches every day and drink the approved amount of water (just think of all the bathroom breaks you’d need!). Unfortunately, common nurse problems like skipping lunch and not getting enough sleep are detrimental to your health.

The Nerdy Nurse knows your pain and is sharing tips for simple ways to stay healthy. Small steps are the key to making changes in your life, as you won’t be as inclined to cave under the pressure of an attempted major life change. Added bonus? Healthier living leads to more energy, better skin and a longer life expectancy.

1. Eat Fruits and Vegetables
We’re in a world of processed foods. Less and less of what we eat is made of fresh fruit and vegetables. We need to get back to the basics and stop eating junk. Fast food may feel like it’s saving you time, but it’s actually costing you years of your life. Put more natural food in your diet.

2. Drink More Water
About 60% of the average human’s body weight is water. Water is used to create energy, aid food digestion and maintain electrolyte equilibrium. Drinking water also helps to flush toxins from the blood stream and oxygenate your cells. The more oxygen in your cells, the better your muscles will function, and the better you will feel.

Read the full list at The Nerdy Nurse. We’d also love to hear your own advice for keeping healthy and energized in the comments below.

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The Nerdy Nurse

Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN, also known as The Nerdy Nurse, is a Clinical Informatics Specialist practicing in Georgia. In her day job she gets to do what she loves every day: Combine technology and healthcare to improve patient outcomes. She can best be described as a patient, nurse and technology advocate, and has a passion for using technology to innovate, improve and simplify lives, especially in healthcare. Brittney blogs about nursing issues, technology, healthcare, parenting and various lifestyle topics at

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4 Responses to Realistic ways for nurses to keep their health

  1. TheSingingNurse

    Thanks Brittney for your encouragement to be healthy, I totally hear you. We all need a little kick in the backside to get it moving…Dawn

  2. lwd338

    My motivation comes from actually working with people my age and younger who are so deconditioned they cant even get out of a chair alone.!! (not due to illness just lack of self care) I,ve been working on improveing my upper body strength by swimming laps (at leas tonce a week and lifting 8lb weights 3 reps of 20 for both bicepts and tricepts. I power walk either in the gym or outside depending on if I feel like leaveing the house that day or after work (and a cup of coffee ;-0 ) I,m 58 and plan on staying strong if nothing else well into my old age ! I don’t want to be dependent on anyone !!

  3. ElizabethScala

    The reason I LOVE this post: it is so, so simple and yet very effective! Water is very much overlooked and forgotten. Drinking more water can do wonders for us- body, mind, and spirit. There’s a reason so much of our being is made of water. It keeps us in natural flow! But besides all of that, water can ease a headache, lift brain fog, and keep us energized. Great post, Brittney!

  4. selfemployednurse

    Great info. The great thing about these four tips could make a huge impact on people’s health. They also relate to everyone.