But sometimes, that isn’t possible–the flu can hit anyone at any time, especially when they don’t have time to properly take of themselves. This can be especially true for nurses who spend so much time caring for others that they might forget to sit back and think about themselves.
So today, we’re going to talk about a few friendly reminders that will help you prepare for the flu season:
1. Wash those hands
It’s already standard procedure to rinse off before interacting with a patient but, any other time, washing your hands might not be so apparent. Just remember, as flu season approaches, it’s essential to be aware of the things you are touching throughout the day. Although it’s always a good idea to wash your hands, that’s especially true during flu season.
2. Get plenty of rest
If you are working the night shift, then chances are you, might not be getting enough sleep.
Lack of sleep can do a number on your immune system, which can increase the risk of catching the flu. To learn more, check out our great post on easy sleep tips for night shift workers and make sure you are getting plenty of rest, regardless of whether you work the nighttime or daytime shift.
3. Eat Healthy
From the long hours, to the short breaks, to the not-so-healthy cafeteria food, the hustle and bustle of a shift can really affect the way we eat. Making the right food choices and drinking plenty of fluids can help decrease the chances of getting the flu. Check out our healthy eating workplace tips from a few months back to help get you on the right track.
4. Manage your stress
If you follow all off the tips above, then you’re already halfway there with this last reminder. Keeping your stress levels low can do a lot to help keep you healthy. By following the above tips, you will make good headway to de-stressing your body. From there, you just need to keep in check mentally, which you can do through low impact exercises like tai chi and yoga which focuses both the body and mind, or buddy up with a friend and walk off your stress with a relaxing stroll through the park.
As a nurse, we know you have the knowledge and expertise to prevent yourself from getting sick, but it’s always good to have a little reminder every once in a while. At RTG, we always have you in mind, which is why we think these simple tips are a great way to take care of yourself, and in turn, enhance the quality of care you provide for your patients!