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Medical assistant training can be stressful, but there are plenty of ways to keep your body healthy and stay fit. Here are some simple tips.

First, remember that taking time to take care of yourself gives you time—people think faster, they are generally more organized and feel better about themselves. That reduces a lot of stress, giving people a sense that they can handle the training and whatever else life throws at them. The proactive step: ignore those voices that say, I don’t have time to take care of myself now, I’m too busy with medical assistant training. You can be busier if you stay healthy!

Second, eat right. This is easy. Think lots of salads and vegetables. Ease up on the sugar intake. And here’s a secret: find a role model. Who do you know eats really well? Follow their lead.

In addition, exercise. This can help with studying—retention, comprehension, project based learning.

Fourth, reduce stress by using good study habits and prioritizing your time.

Fifth—and this is a big stress reducer—get a lot of sleep. Everything goes better when you are rested. You know the magic number, 8 hours.

Lastly, your self-care will be a model for your patients to follow. How can you expect them to take your advice or the doctor’s advice—if you don’t?

Staying healthy allows you to take better care of your patients. Over time, you and your patients will be thankful you took the time to take care of yourself.