The Importance of Wellness for Health Professionals
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” — Lewis Carroll
It seems like the most successful people set goals. They set aside time to consider what they want, make a plan, and execute the plan. Most of us as health care providers do this for our patients, but how many of us take time to do this for ourselves and our families?
An important part of the General Education Program for undergraduate students at Saint Francis University is to consider wellness in a comprehensive manner, recognizing seven dimensions of wellness including environmental, financial, occupational, physical, psychological, social, and spiritual.
All SFU students can benefit from taking a holistic approach to wellness and considering how making wellness a priority can create more balance in their lives.
Some helpful resources on wellness include:
A balanced life that includes self-care also can help health care providers better serve others.
About Dr. Deborah Budash, OTR/L
Dr. Budash is the Program Director for the MMS and MHS programs at St. Francis University. She has been an occupational therapist for 20+ years, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 with a BS in OT. She has worked in numerous clinical settings in varied capacities from clinician to multi-site manager. Her clinical specialties include stroke, spinal cord injury, burns, and general rehabilitation.