Five ways to unwind after a long shift
12+ hours on your feet can take a heavy toll on the body and mind, that’s why it’s vital to wind down after a long shift.
Here are our top tips to help get you through those long days:
1. Schedule some alone time
Setting aside some time for yourself can help rejuvenate your mind and body. If you go right from taking care of patients to taking care of kids, you are not giving your mind time to clear. Do what you can to steal some time for yourself.
2. Disconnect for an hour
Turn off your phone, stay away from the computer and shut out the world. This will give you the opportunity to relieve tension and re-energise. You may want to take a long bath, or even hit the gym. Use this hour to reflect upon your day, think about what you’ve achieved and what you plan to do the following day.
3. Energise your diet
Find foods that boost your energy. WebMD suggests you eat before you leave work to improve your energy level when you get home. Something quick like a piece of fruit or cheese will give you a pick-me-up, so you can spend your downtime doing something you enjoy.
4. Listen to some relaxing music or read a book
Most people enjoy listening to music or reading, but many don’t realise the positive cognitive effects it can have. When you get back from a long shift (or even on your way home) listen to some relaxing music or read your favourite novel. This will give you a chance to get out of work mode and set you up for a good rest.
5. Make the most of your time off
Spend your days off doing something you love. Find a hobby, play with the kids, or go to a local attraction if you travel – whatever makes you happy. If you relax during your off time, you won’t start a long shift already feeling worn out.
Winding down after a long shift is very much a personal thing, so find out what works best for you whether it be a hot bath, a good book or a run in the park.
Why not share your top tips for winding down in the comments below.