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5 Tips to Stay Comfortable on Your Hospital Shift

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If you’re a nurse and doctor, you probably know how easy it is to forget about your own health when you are so busy caring for other people. Long shifts can certainly take a toll on you, both mentally and physically. This is why it’s crucial to find ways to stay as comfortable as possible so that you can make it through the night/day.

Here are five tips so that you can do just that:

Choose the right clothes

If you’re going to be running around all day, then you want to make sure you have the right attire. Poor-quality clothing can be stiff and itchy, and the last thing you want is to have to replace them every week. These jogger scrubs for women are a great choice, as they are both stylish and comfortable. With six pockets, a knit waistband, and wrinkle-resistant material, it ticks everything off the list.

Take care of your feet

Standing on your feet all day is going to take a toll on your body, so alongside comfortable clothing, you want to get some great shoes such as these sneakers for nurses. Try and look for something with support, a slip-on design, and plenty of toe room. Clogs, Sketchers, and Nike sneakers are popular options, but there are many designs out there. If you still find that you’re getting pain, keep an eye out for some compression socks. They really can make a difference.

Stay moisturised 

With all the handwashing that comes with being a doctor or nurse, you probably know how dry your skin can get. One of the best tips is to keep a bottle of lotion in your bag and locker so that you can apply it throughout the day. Check for ingredients like Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Glycerine, and Lanolin if you really want to soothe your skin. Don’t forget to care for your lips as well. This DIY lip balm recipe might be a great option to try out.

Eat nutritious meals 

In order to keep motivated throughout the day, you need to have plenty of food. Make sure you eat a filling meal before your shift so that you can get through to your break without any issues. When packing your lunch, opt for high energy products such as bananas, fish, eggs, sweet potato, and spinach. Some protein bars to snack on can also be a good choice.

Stay hydrated

While you might be tempted to have 10 cups of coffee to get you through your shift, try and keep it to a minimum so that you don’t have trouble sleeping later on. Water is your best friend, so keep a flask with you to stay hydrated throughout the day. Add a couple of lemon or lime slices for a refreshing twist if you want to spice things up.

By following these tips, you can stay as comfortable as possible while doing one of the most incredible and rewarding jobs in the world.

Tommy Williamson did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in mental health and well-being.

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