National Doctors’ Day is held every year since 1933 on March 30 in the United States.
1. What Is National Doctors Day
National Doctors’ Day is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who take care of US citizens. The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 30th, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to honor physicians on the day of the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery.
At the beginning, the day was spent mailing of greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. It was adopted as a national holiday in 1990. It’s possible to see some medical doctors sporting red carnations, the symbolic flower of National Doctors Day but it’s not celebrated in a Hallmark way. It is more of a deep, sometimes wordless, appreciation for their care that saves lives and their commitment to preserve our health.
Working in medicine means getting to work in one of the most challenging and intellectually satisfying fields and gaining the ability to affect people every single day positively. But there’s substantial effort to get there, often debt and a lot of sacrifices such as long hours and mental as well as emotional exhaustion. However, true doctors cannot imagine doing anything else and for that, they are superheroes that deserve to be celebrated.
2. Tips on Keeping up With Your Health and Wellness Journey
True doctors treat a patient to find the cause and go beyond the symptoms because personal health consists of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual. In order to be considered "well," you cannot to afford to neglect a single area.
You are what you eat
Eating a well-balanced diet equals to supplying your body with the proper fuel. Eating a diverse diet opens up your body to different vitamins and minerals that are needed to live a healthy life. You don’t have to abandon all bad things as cheat meals are allowed from time to time as long as your main routine is a healthy one. Remember, health and beauty start on the inside.
Our bodies are designed to move
Even walking for 30 min a day will benefit your health. Sitting is the new smoking so make sure you move every hour and at the very least, stretch it out.
Make sure you get enough of quality sleep
Sleep is just as important as our diet and physical activity. It helps us detox and regenerate. Invest in a quality mattress, pillow and blackout curtains which can help to block out light as well as lower your Duquesne utility bill. Unplug before going to bed, do some relaxation exercises and allow your mind and body to relax after a long day.
Research shows that emotional distress makes you more vulnerable to physical illness by impacting your immune system. Building good emotional health should also be a part of your daily hygiene. It makes us more resilient to stress, feel better about ourselves and it makes it easier to connect with others- humans are social creatures after all. Perhaps most importantly, a positive mindset can be a single difference between a terrible and a fantastic day.
Whatever you do in life, to be healthy, you need to have a sense of meaning. It’s important to take the time to appreciate all that is around us and everything we were given yet that we often take for granted as we’re too busy working on our goals. A spiritual practice can be religion or a yoga session – all that matters is that the ‘activity’ brings you back to the present moment and makes you appreciate life and all its beauties.
A beautiful mind
Our minds are like a muscle, they need exercise. The easiest way out of this one is through lifelong learning that you’ll enjoy if you focus on learning more about what you are passionate about, just like doctors do. Even gardening will help your mind stay sharp while also helping you stay mindful.
Doctors get to wake up every day knowing that what they do makes a difference. They are on an important mission so the least we can do is learn to cherish our bodies and minds and treat them as they deserve. Preserving our health is the best way to thank them for everything they do. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.