The demands of working as a travel nurse or healthcare professional can make it challenging to keep fit and healthy. Yet, in a demanding and often challenging field, living a healthy lifestyle can be an excellent way to help reduce stress and improve your quality of life.
Taking care of your body and mind is important!
These tips can help you stay in tip-top shape while on assignment:
Cook your own meals – With busy schedules and the uncertainty of a new city, fast food can be quite tempting. But, in addition to trans fat, loads of calories, and an over-abundance of sodium, fast food can make you feel sluggish and down. Plan out healthy, balanced meals at the beginning of the week, then put the kitchen in your temporary apartment to use. Your mind and body will thank you!
Aim for consistent sleep – The shift demands of the healthcare industry can make this tip seem like the most challenging; however, it is important that you try and establish a regular sleep pattern. Adequate, consistent rest is imperative for your mind and body to rejuvenate after a hard day. And avoid sleeping in on your days off. Your body can be “tricked” into anticipating additional sleep, causing you to feel even more sluggish when you return to work!
Take walks – If you aren’t a fan of gyms, or you simply don’t have the time, use your lunch time or early mornings/evenings to go for a walk. The fresh air is an added benefit, and a leisurely walk will both get your heart pumping and allow your mind to relax.
Bring DVDs/Videos – Do you like yoga? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try pilates? Take advantage of a new assignment, and try out a new exercise DVD or video! If you don’t want to buy DVDs, fitness videos are available for rent or download from Netflix, iTunes, and other online services.
Look in the community – Many cities and towns have fitness initiatives, or public resources for healthy living. While you explore your new temporary town, be sure to see what fitness resources are available – and take advantage!
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