5 Health and Wellness Tips for Frazzled Nurses

teaIf you’re a nurse, then you already know just how rewarding and also demanding your life can be. Although your schedule tends to be pretty flexible, your shifts usually consist of 12-hour rotations. And if you’re someone who happens to work on something like the ER floor, there is literally non-stop action going on the entire time. As you’re in the midst of giving patients and their families the quality kind of care that they need, it’s totally understandable that you would end up being completely frazzled at times.

So, in able to help you to stay in great health so that you can be as productive as possible at work, we have provided you with five health and wellness tips below:

Eat right. Just like (most) cars need fuel, our bodies need food. It’s what provides us with the nutrients that we need to get throughout the day. So, make sure to eat three balanced meals, try avoiding junk food as much as possible and the next time you’re at the grocery store, put the following items on your list: avocados, bananas, fish, carrots, yogurt, brown rice, sweet potatoes, honey and apples. All of these things help to reduce stress and also give you energy.

waterDrink some herbal tea at work and wine when you’re off. Speaking of foods to consume, two other things that we recommend are herbal tea and wine. While you’re at work, chamomile tea will calm your senses and Rooibos and Rosehip teas are loaded with Vitamin C. When you’re off work, a glass of red wine has its health benefits as well. It lowers your cholesterol, fights off colds and helps to keep your memory sharp. Just make sure, as with all alcoholic drinks, is to consume it in moderation.

Exercise. Although you might feel like you’re already getting plenty of exercise just by walking up and down the halls during your shift, being that exercise helps you to burn calories and it’s also a huge stress reliever, it’s a good idea to do some working out a few times per week as well. Strength training, spinning, yoga, water aerobics and power walking are all effective exercises to consider.

Get lots of sleep. OK, we get why you might think that this tip is a bit unrealistic but the reality is that sleep is not a luxury; it is something that our bodies need in order to rejuvenate itself from the wear and tear of the day. Besides, there are plenty of health benefits that come with getting plenty of rest including the fact that it stabilizes your moods, boots up your immune system and also gives you more energy. That’s why getting at least six hours each night is imperative.

Do what you love. Whether you’re currently working in the field that you like or you’re thinking about becoming a nurse practitioner after checking out a website like http://www.nursingonline.uc.edu , make sure that you don’t spend so much time working that you overlook the benefits of doing some things that you love in your off time like reading, going to the movies and even taking a vacation once or twice a year. Being that you donate so much of your time in caring for others, trust us when we say that when it comes to doing some things just for yourself, you’re worth it.

 

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