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10 Ways to Stay Happy During a Long Shift
10 Ways to
Stay Happy During a Long Shift
undergo a considerable amount of stress during their long work shifts. Standing
on your feet nonstop, fighting to stay awake and dealing with challenging
patients takes a toll on an individual. That’s why we’re offering some helpful
tips for medical professionals.
Here are 10 ways to keep
your sanity during a long work shift, and, therefore, lead a happier life
1. Stay positive – Try to focus on the positive aspects of your job over the negative. Instead
of worrying about department gossip or difficult patients, think about all you
are achieving on a daily basis. Remember why you entered this profession to
begin with, and keep that in mind throughout those long work shifts.
2. Surround yourself with positive people – It will be that much easier to stay positive if you
are around like-minded people. Steer clear of those debby downers and
troublemakers, people who constantly complain or gossip. These types of
individuals will only bring you down and make your workday seem even longer. If
you have to interact with them, ignore their negativity as best as you can and change
the topic to something more positive.
3. Eat healthy – Eating healthy on a hectic work schedule can seem nearly impossible. You
may hear that vending machine calling, and forget all about your promise to give
up junk food. That’s why you should always plan ahead of time.
Your best bet is to pack healthy
snacks in advance – bananas, nuts, granola bars and other energy-boosting portable
snacks – and keep them in a lunch
bag or tote for easy access. Also, instead of eating a couple large meals, eat
several small meals a day to keep your energy levels up. Improve your diet and
you’ll be seeing a significant difference in your attitude and your alertness.
4. Play some tunes – If you’re allowed to play music in your office or
facility, then we highly recommend doing so. A playlist of your favorite songs can
do wonders for your mood. Try to select upbeat songs that will have you feeling
energized rather than relaxed.
5. Stay hydrated – Unfortunately, thirst and dehydration are all
too common with busy healthcare professionals. Maybe, you’re so caught up in
your work, you forget to meet your own basic needs. Or you avoid drinking water
because you dread those constant bathroom trips.
Not drinking enough water is dangerous for your
health and can lead to headaches, irritability, dizziness and other negative
side effects. If necessary, take certain steps to ensure you’re refreshed and
alert all shift long. Keep a water
bottle within reach at all times, or set a timer as a reminder to drink
water every so often. If you know you’ll be busy for the first few hours of
your shift, drink some water beforehand to get off to a great start.
Get enough sleep – No one likes a cranky person, so do yourself and
everyone around you a favor by making sure you get plenty of sleep before your
shift. If you’re having sleep problems, set up a nighttime routine to help you
wind down before bedtime and stick to it all week long. Avoid alcohol close to
bedtime, as it can interfere with the sleep process, and instead drink some
sleepytime tea. Never check portable devices or watch TV right before bed, as
the artificial light can disrupt your sleep cycle.
If you work the night shift,
go to sleep right after your shift. You may be tempted to do chores or run
errands, but these activities can leave you feeling more alert. Also avoid
caffeine during the second half of your shift, or you may have trouble sleeping
comfortable shoes – When you’re a
hardworking medical professional, you’re constantly on your feet. That’s why
it’s essential to own a pair of comfortable medical shoes or
clogs. For the best fit, look for a shoe that has generous padding, arch
support and a breathable footbed that absorbs and evaporates perspiration.
Never choose a shoe for its look instead of its feel, as you’ll regret your
decision halfway into your shift.
8. Exercise – Try to squeeze in some exercise time whenever you can. This suggestion
may seem outlandish when you’re on your feet constantly, but a brisk walk or a
run before work can increase your endorphins and have you feeling prepared for
the day ahead. Stretching during your breaks or even a quick run up the stairs
can also be beneficial.
9. Make your breaks count – Make each and every break count by doing something
that you enjoy. Maybe, you could read a book that has nothing to do with work.
Or, you could step outside for some fresh air to get away from all the hustle
and bustle. Whatever you do, it should be an activity that leaves you feeling
refreshed and ready for whatever comes your way.
Lend a hand – Help out your coworkers and they might just do
the same for you. If you notice they’re having a bad day, ask if there’s
anything you can do. They’ll appreciate that you pitched in, and you’ll feel
better knowing you did a good deed.
Make the most of your
workday with any of these tips! They’re sure to improve your mood on those
seemingly endless shifts.