30 days to a new you: Take EMS1's better health challenge
There’s no denying that EMS takes a toll on provider health; this 30-day challenge can help you get your life back
Becoming an EMT or paramedic can be one of the most rewarding decisions of a person’s life, but far too often, it can also be one of the most damaging.
From stress-related illnesses like heart disease, chronic pain and insomnia all the way to depression and other mental health disorders, studies have consistently shown that EMS providers are at far greater risk than the general public.
But just because medics are more likely to suffer from the impacts of stress doesn’t necessarily mean they’re destined to experience it. And while what follows is no substitute for organizational initiatives to promote provider wellness, making small changes at the individual level – which is what EMS1's 30 Days to Better Health Challenge is all about – can ultimately lead to big results for your health.
“When changes are too drastic, they may be overwhelming,” said Dr. Lina Dajani, an internal medicine specialist. “Small lifestyle changes are easier to achieve and maintain. They are more likely to become habits and lead you to success.”
Whether you are looking to get back into shape, sleep more soundly, find more accessible ways to improve your diet, or all of the above, this 30-day challenge can help you meet your goals and feel better in your everyday life.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started. (Complete the box below to download a one-page sheet outlining the 30-day challenge for easy reference.)
Congratulations on completing the challenge! Bookmark EMS1's Health and Wellness section to continue your journey.
This article was originally posted Dec. 25, 2021. It has been updated.