Improve Your Work Performance with These Tips for More Energy!
Healthcare professionals are busy throughout their shifts every day. Whether you’re a nursing assistant or practical nurse, you’ll be on-the-go to help a healthcare facility run smoothly. But if there is a health-related emergency or other medical problem then healthcare workers need to respond at a moment’s notice.
If you’re busy helping others, it’s easy to get tired quickly. It’s important to stay energized so you can be alert and complete your tasks to the best of your ability.
Getting at least 7-8 hours sleep per night is an essential way to help you feel energized throughout the day, but you may still feel slow and tired due to stress, a busy workload, or poor diet.
Here are some natural ways you could stay energized throughout your workday.
1. Eat a healthy breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast will give you the nutrients to start your day off right. Your mind and body need to re-energize after a long night’s rest. The American Deictic Association advises eating a lean breakfast of low-fat meats, dairy, fruits, and whole grains so you can get the energy needed for your brain and body to function properly. Fruits with vitamin C also help brain signals work better so you can stay alert and energized. If you eat a nutritious breakfast, you’ll supply your body with the vitamins and nutrients needed for energy for a busy work day. Not only will you feel more awake, but you’ll also perform better.
2. Switch tasks
Keep yourself busy by alternating between tasks throughout the day. Luckily, a healthcare job allows you to do this — between duties like assisting patients, recording information, and communicating with co-workers. The variety of tasks will help your mind focus on different tasks within minutes. Although switching tasks may not always be as complex as a crossword puzzle, changing duties helps keep the mind active and alert.
3. Drink water
Dehydration can cause fatigue and slow body functions. In between tasks, make sure to drink plenty of water. It’s advised to consume 8 glasses—or 64 ounces—of water a day. The natural liquid removes waste from the body and revitalizes muscles and joints so your physical performance improves throughout the day. But water also allows blood vessels to expand which helps supply oxygen to the brain so it can function properly. Take a reusable water bottle with you to work so you can stay hydrated throughout the day.
It’s not hard to stay active in a healthcare job, but it’s important to be energized before you go into work. A good way to prepare for your work shift is to exercise for 30 minutes to an hour beforehand. Regular exercise helps the cardiovascular system by allowing oxygen, blood flow, and nutrients to muscles and tissues. Supplying oxygen will help stimulate your energy centers.
5. Go outside
If you’re stuck in a healthcare facility all day, you could feel drowsy from the overhead lighting, repetitive tasks, or the fast-paced environment. You can stay energized by going outside for some fresh air or a quick walk. Just like exercise, going outside and breathing fresh air supplies oxygen to the brain and awakens the senses.
6. Eat a midday snack
During your break, you can help maintain energy by eating healthy snacks with protein and vitamins. Nutritious midday snacks should contain about 100 calories or 15 grams of carbohydrates. There are plenty of affordable foods that are packed with proteins and carbohydrates which stimulate brain activity.
Here are some healthy snack options:
- Peanut butter and crackers
- ½ cup of bananas
- Trail mix
- Granola and yogurt cup
- Whole grain cereal bars
7. Consume iron-rich foods
If you feel continuously sluggish, tired, and weak during the day then perhaps it’s time to include more iron in your diet. Consuming iron-rich foods helps increase energy levels by providing oxygen to muscles and cells. Foods with iron include beans, tofu, eggs, nuts, and leafy green vegetables. Eat iron-rich foods with fruits and vegetables that have vitamin C. The vitamin helps increase iron absorption when eaten together. Remember to check the accepted required daily value for iron consumption—you don’t want to go overboard!
Combining these tips with enough sleep can increase your chances of becoming more energized and productive during your work day. The more focused and productive you are, the more opportunities you’ll have to improve the lives of your patients as well as your chances of excelling in your healthcare field!
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