I am a nurse on a very hectic unit and am on my feet all day, for 13-15 hour shifts. When I finally do get to sit down, sometimes I feel like I can't get back up. There really are days when I do have to reach for a cup of coffee because I am just about to shut down physically and mentally. I do limit myself to one cup (it's a large one!) of coffee a day, only on days I work and it's half decaf. Even still, I need that little bit of caffeine and warmth to get me back on my feet again! On the slower days, if we have any, I will try the tips listed here. I used these ideas when I worked in an office and they worked very well. I also try to keep veggies (carrotts/celery/cucumbers) as a snack - just the walk to the kitchen for something for me and change of scenery helps refresh me! This still works, regardless how tired I am, and I don't have to worry about crashing from a sugar high in an hour!
- 2/24/2008 11:41:44 PM