With winter coming to a very slow stop and spring being just around the corner, there comes a time for spring-cleaning of our daily tasks. It’s easy to get caught up in different routines depending on the weather and the season, which makes spring something refreshing and exciting.
The best way to take advantage of this kind of change is through a few modifications in your daily schedule.
Cut out as much sugar and excess caffeine for energy. Sugar always starts with a great boost and ends shortly after with a crash. Drinking a cup of coffee in the morning is really all you need for the day and drinking any after 3 p.m. can leave you with a restless nights sleep. Turn to oranges for a quick snack and energy boost – the folic acid will definitely brighten up your day. And as always, drink a lot of water. When you feel drowsy, a cold cup of water can really wake you up.
Too little exercise can leave you feeling sluggish and too much with a busy schedule can leave you exhausted. There are many different quick hour workouts to get your heart rate up and get you sweating, but if that even seems like too much time out of your day, there are things you can do at work.
- Take a 30-minute walk during a lunch break or after work.
- Always use the stairs over an elevator.
- Park in the furthest parking spot at work to add some more walking in your day.
- Stretch as often as you can throughout the day, especially in the break room or between patients.
The most important key to adding in little activities through out the day is establishing a routine– do it the same time, every day, for seven days straight and make it a habit.
Pitch Black and Peace
Sleep can be a rare commodity in the healthcare provider world, but just like telling patients how important it is, using the little time you have for a solid night sleep is crucial for good health and a fresh start this spring.
To help yourself relax after a busy day, try reading a book and allow your body to adjust to a calming sleep mode before making your way to your room. Doing a calming activity such as reading or stretching outside of your room will allow you to feel tired and then use your room as your sacred sleeping area.
When going to sleep, use dim lighting in your bathroom and bedroom so that your eyes can start to adjust to low light. Nothing wakes your mind up more than bright florescent lights in a bathroom.
Turning off your phone may not be an option, but finalizing any emails or calls before you enter your bedroom is key to a peaceful room. Turn off the television or any bright electronics and have the room slightly cooler for a deeper slumber.
What other spring-cleaning habits are you excited about implementing? Any routines that help you get through a busy day at work?