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Today we continue our foray into the new year using possible goals to guide our way. Moving more, finding calm, and learning a new language are in sight.


You want to communicate with patients better

Depending on where you live, approximately 10% of the patient population could be English learners. To communicate better in your community, consider learning a new language, whether it is Chinese, Korean, Russian, or Spanish. Here are some ways to learn a second language:

  • Use a language app like Babbel or Duolingo. Set a goal to do a lesson or two each day.
  • Label home and office objects in the language that you’re learning. When you look at the new words frequently, they will be added to your vocabulary.
  • Learn the basic rules of grammar; not just phrases. To do this, use an elementary grammar workbook. This allows you to write the language and understand how sentences are put together.
  • Watch native speakers. One way to do this without traveling is to watch television in the language you’re trying to learn.
  • Find a native speaker to practice conversing with. This will help you think in the new language.

You want to get stronger

Strength is longevity. Sure, you could do some push-ups, squats, and burpees to build muscle, but sometimes you want someone to tell you how to move. Hiring a personal trainer is one way to give someone else the responsibility of figuring out how you should reach your strength goal; another is the world of digital apps that deliver routines to your phone. Here are a few of our favorites which can be downloaded from your app store:

  • Nike Training Club. This training app provides workouts for strength and conditioning. We particularly like the Short Workout section that is a collection of workouts from 5 to 22 workouts. Cost: Free
  • Peloton. It isn’t just a bike. There is a digital app that delivers strength, bootcamp, Pilates, and Barre classes to help you build strength. These classes are in addition to cycling, treadmill, outdoor running and walking, stretching, and yoga classes. Classes can be as short as 5 minutes and as long as 60 minutes. Plus, there are over 600 members in the #PeloHealthCareHeros group. Cost: $13 per month.
  • YouTube. There are thousands of fitness videos made by trainers you may have heard of on the streaming video service. For instance, the Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels has a channel. Cost: Free

You want to start meditating

And if you don’t, you might want to reconsider. Meditation provides many benefits, especially for healthcare professionals. According to the Mayo Clinic, this includes:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations.
  • Building skills to manage your stress.
  • Increasing self-awareness.
  • Focusing on the present.
  • Reducing negative emotions.
  • Increasing imagination and creativity.
  • Increasing patience and tolerance.

Use this guide or try one of these apps to begin your meditation practice.



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