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Prioritizing Self-Care: A Summer Checklist for Healthcare Practitioners

Calling all health practitioners – dive into our 8-week checklist, tailored to help you recharge, rejuvenate, and focus on self-care. 

From scheduling time off to engaging in hobbies and interests, each week offers a new opportunity to prioritize yourself!

Week 1: Schedule Time Off

Take the first step towards self-care by scheduling your well-deserved time off. Block off specific days or even an entire week (dreamy, we know!) in your calendar and inform your team about your availability. This will help ensure that you have uninterrupted time to relax and recharge. After all, summer is meant to be enjoyed!

Week 2: Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

Free up your time and alleviate stress by delegating tasks you don’t enjoy. We highly recommend taking time to write down everything you dread doing in practice – examples may include bookkeeping, website updates, appointment scheduling, labs, and so on. Once your list is complete, begin delegating tasks to professionals in those particular fields such as a Tech VA, bookkeeper and accountant, or Medical Administrative VA to handle all administrative tasks.

Week 3: Focus on Sleep

Now that you have systems and trained professionals in place, try to focus more on yourself and rest. Quality sleep is vital for your overall well-being. This week, commit to getting 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Establish a bedtime routine, limit screen time before bed, and create a peaceful sleep environment. 

Week 4: Embrace Physical Activity

Make physical activity a part of your daily routine. Incorporate activities you enjoy, such as going for a walk, practicing yoga, or engaging in a sport. Regular exercise not only boosts your physical health but also enhances your mood and reduces stress!

Week 5: Connect with Nature

Spend time in nature to relax and rejuvenate. Plan outdoor activities like hiking, picnicking in the park, or simply taking a walk in nature. Immersing yourself in natural surroundings has a calming effect on the mind and helps reduce stress levels.

Week 6: Nourish Your Body

Focus on nourishing your body with healthy and nutritious foods. Fill your meals with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and limit your intake of sugary and processed foods. A well-nourished body promotes overall well-being.

Week 7: Mindfulness Activities

Practice mindfulness activities that help you relax and center your mind. Explore meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindfulness-based practices like yoga. 

Week 8: Engage in Hobbies and Interests

Don’t forget to make time for activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. Engage in hobbies or explore new interests that allow you to unwind and recharge. Whether it’s reading, painting, or gardening, find activities that help you relax and connect with yourself.


Remember, by taking care of yourself, you’re ensuring that you can continue to deliver exceptional care to those who need it. So kick off this summer with our guide and make yourself a priority. You deserve it!

Take the first step towards self-care by scheduling your well-deserved time off. Block off specific days or even an entire week (dreamy, we know!) in your calendar and inform your team about your availability. This will help ensure that you have uninterrupted time to relax and recharge. After all, summer is meant to be enjoyed!


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