Even if you love your job as a nurse, it can be exhausting at times. Work shifts are long and tiring and the stress of a global health crisis adds another layer of stress. If you struggle with low energy at work, check out these tips to keep your energy up on your next shift!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Hydration isn’t only for houseplants. We need to get our share of H2O as well. When you’re in a state of dehydration, you’re in a worse mood, have lower energy, and your cognitive functioning slows.
To stay hydrated, consider bringing a reusable water bottle to your next shift. You can even set a goal for how many times you want to refill your water bottle at work, keeping in mind that 64 ounces of water are the recommended minimum amount you need each day.
Take your break outdoors
While it can be tempting to scroll through TikTok or check in with your Facebook friends during your work breaks, being on your phone probably won’t bring your energy levels up. Instead, you should consider ways you can reenergize during breaks.
One of the best ways is to go outside. Just five to ten minutes outdoors can help you refocus mentally and give you an energy boost.
Prioritize those zzzs
While it’s important to take energizing breaks during your shift, they can’t make up for a lack of proper rest. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night is critical to keeping your energy high and your health.
Fend off hanger
Many of us change when we’re hungry, whether we get (h)angry, fatigued, or lose our ability to focus. Keep your hanger at bay by packing healthy snacks and a meal for each shift.
Healthy snacks can include:
Almonds, cashews, and other nuts that are high in protein
Nutrient-dense veggies, such as spinach and celery
Healthy, salty treats, such as pretzels or lightly salted popcorn
Consider your environment
When you’re being scheduled for too many twelve hours shifts or back-to-back shifts because your workplace is understaffed, it can be difficult to feel energized. Even if you follow all these tips, you can’t out-hack a bad work environment.
If your workplace is asking too much of you, it might be time to look for a new employer. Luckily, HireMe Healthcare is here to help. Check out our website for resources, tips, and tricks to land a job which doesn’t ask you to sacrifice your energy and health.
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