(Content courtesy of NurseMates.com)
We all know that maintaining a balanced diet is essential for looking and feeling our best on the job. But did you know that what you put on your body is as important as what you put in it?
When it comes to keeping up with the demands of your shift, your work gear has a lot to do with how you’ll feel throughout the day — and at the end of a marathon shift.
Something as simple as your choice of footwear can affect the rest of your body and directly impact your energy level and overall comfort. Look for a firm, yet flexible pair of shoes designed to help keep your feet in the proper position as you walk and stand. This will not only provide support, but will help keep your feet and knees better aligned to reduce pressure on your joints and tendons. A slip-resistant sole is essential for safety in helping to prevent slip and fall accidents on wet surfaces.
Long hours on your feet can lead to tired legs, swelling and discomfort — even varicose veins. Graduated compression socks, specifically designed for those who spend long hours on their feet, help improve blood flow and increase circulation throughout the day, reducing strain and fatigue on your legs and feet.
Having everything you need to perform your job, whatever comes your way, requires a lot of tools — and a proper way to organize them. Look for a lightweight nursing bag with lots of pockets to keep everything you need within reach — you’ll stress less with quick and easy access to your gear. Choose an ergonomic style that will be kind on your back and shoulders when toting around your medical supplies.
From the moment you leave home to the end of your shift, scrubs can have a role in not only how you look but how you feel. When selecting your apparel, look for scrubs in a soft, breathable fabric with plenty of stretch so you can bend, lift and move unimpeded throughout the day in comfort.
Never underestimate the power of a second pair of shoes when it comes to looking and feeling fresh throughout the work week. Since most of our sweat is emitted through our feet, rotating your footwear every day will allow your shoes to fully dry and air out between wears. This will keep your feet cool and comfortable while helping to prolong the life of the shoe.
You’ll be amazed at how these few simple changes can add up to feeling more comfortable on the job — from the top of your scrubs to the soles of your feet. Day after day, you’ll feel comfortable, more focused, and even better prepared for whatever the day brings.
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