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7 Ways to Wind Down After a Shift

Feb 10, 2020

After a long day at work, it’s essential you take time to relax and wind down. This may be even more important as a traveler since you experience different stresses than you did at your home base and may not have access to your usual routine. Here are seven ways you can successfully wind down after your shift and feel good before your head hits the pillow.  

Movies, Movies, Movies  

You don’t need a cable subscription to enjoy your favorite movies or binge-watch a season of your favorite TV show. Netflix, Hulu, Acorn, Disney+, and Amazon Prime are just a few examples of services that give you a large number of choices without spending your paycheck to watch.  

Soothing Beverages  

A warm cup of tea at the end of a long day may be just what the doctor ordered. Tea delivers a healthy amount of antioxidants to boost your health and protect your immune system. Choose a blend low in caffeine, so your sleep isn’t affected and let the hot cup between your hands calm your mind and body.  

Get the Blood Pumping!  

Even when you feel tired and think you’ve been on your feet all day, exercise is a strategy to help you relax. Walking through the day is movement, but not exercise. Get your blood pumping by going for a brisk walk with your dog after work, biking with your friends, take a spinning class at the local gym, or jogging through the neighborhood. Getting your heart pumping raises your endorphins, makes you feel better, and helps you sleep better at night.  

Get Lost in Another Land  

Pick up a fun book or magazine and get lost in another time. This helps you feel removed from your current circumstances. A good book helps you relax, get creative, come up with new solutions, and may help you sleep better at night.  

Relaxation Strategies May Help You Sleep Deeper and Rise More Rested  

Yoga, meditation, leisurely walks, and working on a hobby after a long day at work may help you relax your mind and rid yourself of stress. By feeling less stressed, you are more likely to rest easier at night and rise more energetic in the morning.  

Don’t Forget Your Friends Back Home  

Traveling is a busy career. Sometimes the days can get so busy you forget about friends and family at home for days on end. At the end of a long stressful day, sometimes nothing is better than talking with an old friend or family who knows you well and has just the right thing to say.  

Pamper Yourself  

Take some time after a long shift to pamper yourself by taking a warm Epsom salts bath to help relax your muscles and get much-needed magnesium. Get a massage, pedicure, condition your skin, or unplug from the world.   

Do You Want More Information About Stepping Into a Travel Career? Call GetMed!  

Our professional recruiters have worked with medical professionals in all stages of their careers. Whether you’re just starting or are nearing retirement, traveling can be an exciting and invigorating way to boost your career development or help you put away more money. Call GetMed Staffing today to learn more about how we can help you reach your goals.