Work and healthy life style

Monday, October 08, 2012

Lately I feel like I'm just going through the motions of the day. I'm sure if I could get back to a place where exercise and eating right is my normal then I could be back to making good decisions on auto pilot.

I'm lucky to have a full time job, in the field that I got my degree in, doing something that I love but being a "shift worker" is really making it hard to be healthy. I'm perpetually tired, I would say I should go to the Dr. about it but when getting 5 hours of sleep is a good night there's really no point. I'm sleep deprived. All I do is go to work, spend time on the couch or spend time in bed. I know I make bad food decisions when I'm tired. I also know that I'm the worst that I've ever been. I don't even want to knit or crochet or cook or anything. I'm often home from work less than 8 hours before I have to go back. I'd be find with 12 hour shifts if they were normal times to be awake; not 3 pm to 3 am.

I need to get out of my funk. I was told that I would be able to go all on one shift by the end of this year. That's not going to happen. I need to start making little changes. I'm so tired and frustrated that I don't know where to begin.

I'm going to blog again. Hopefully that can put my head in the game.
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    I've never had to work shift work, but I've lived with people who do for my entire life. I'm not sure what your rotation looks like, but things that work for my boyfriend include pre-planning meals so when you are too tired to think there is something healthy to grab easily, making enough food at home to take leftovers for your meal at work, lots of healthy snacks if you don't feel like eating a large meal through the night, and get outside as much as possible in your down time. It will help wake you up. He also suggests ear plugs, a fan (for white noise generation), very heavy curtains to block out the sun when you are trying to sleep through the day, and establish a bed time routine that you stick to no matter what time you are going to sleep. He will veg out on the sofa, watch a little tv, have a small snack, check his email and sports scores for no more than an hour total, brush his teeth, and then head to bed for a minimum of four hours.
    2056 days ago
    Maybe pick one thing you can do to change how you feel about the day? One step at a time! Good luck. emoticon
    2058 days ago
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