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Taking Care on the Road

Taking Care on the Road

Megan Malugani, Monster Contributing Writer

Stay Active and Eat Right

The more fit you are, the better able you’ll be to handle the stress of your job, Pfifferling says. Exercise regularly, avoid too much caffeine and eat nutritiously. Shift workers should take special care to prepare healthy meals rather than indulge in readily available junk food. Try to eat with others, as people who eat alone are more vulnerable to overeating, Pfifferling says.

The Health IQ Test

1. Breakfast time. Which has more calories?

A blueberry bagel
A blueberry muffin

Say No

It’s easy for healthcare travelers to become run down from overworking. “People want you to overwork — you don’t have to go home to your family so it’s expected that you can work a double or triple shift,” Pfifferling says. “Be very careful. Sometimes saying ‘no’ means saying ‘yes’ to your own health.” You should also have realistic expectations — you won’t always be received warmly at new facilities. You must realize that “you are a guest in someone else’s home,” Blissard says.

Stay in Touch

Call and email your family and friends regularly. Plan to visit or host your loved ones, even if only for a few days. The holidays could be an especially rough time for novice travelers, so plan ahead for them. Pfifferling recommends sending cards, letters and emails well in advance of the holidays, guaranteeing you’ll receive more correspondence the week of the actual event. If rituals are important to you, make sure you observe them by decorating or building a shrine, for example. If all else fails to ease your loneliness on a holiday, count your blessings the way Blissard does. “It’s been very easy for me to get through it,” she explains. “I just think as long as I’m on this side of the critical-care bed I’m OK. What can I complain about?”

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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