Ways to Stay Energized

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I just read this article: http://www.nursetogether.com/Lifestyle/Lifestyle-Article/itemId/2882/7-Ways-to-Stay-Energized-During-a-Busy-Shift.aspx and it offered some tips that sounded really helpful and it got me thinking more about this issue I have.

I often have periods of time where, no matter how much sleep I get, I feel tired and sluggish and just gross. It mostly happens when school's in session (shocker), and it sucks because it makes it a lot harder to stay awake and pay attention during long classes. And I have clinical coming up this semester, where I'll be working long hours and I can't be feeling drowsy and awful then! So I'm always looking for ways to improve my energy levels, and I'm interested in knowing what things y'all do for this, not just for school/work but for life in general too.

I drink lots of water to stay hydrated - On test days I take Focus Factor which seems to help me. I think that one of the most important things to remember during nursing school is to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep and no matter what else is going on find 20-30 minutes to exercise daily (even if it is taking a light walk). Dont train only your brain but find your body is in terrible shape when you graduate from school.

I track my food on myfitnesspal.com, to make sure I get all of my essential vitamins and minerals. I also have made it a priority to at least exercise 3x's a week for an hr a day. I have to wake at 5 in the morning sometimes to do it, but you would be amazed at how a healthy diet and exercise can make you feel. I also stopped drinking pop, and mainly drink water or protein shakes. I have lost over 40lbs, from obesity into a healthy bmi and that made me feel great. As the other poster said, don't neglect your body in nursing school, you are the only one that can take care of it. "Those that don't make time for exercise, will have to eventually make time for illness", that is a philosophy that I sincerely believe:)

Specializes in NICU.

I have been researching this also and working with my physician to raise my energy levels... Even with 8-10 hrs of sleep each night, I had been feeling sluggish and tired, plus I have one factor that works against me and that's the 20mg of prozac I take daily to fight GAD. With or without this medicine, my energy levels were low due to a poor diet (love those refined carbs and fried foods), lack of exercise and being about 20-30 lbs overweight. With 4 weeks left before the nursing program begins, I have been focusing on daily exercise of at least 40 mins, eating a balanced meal (whether I feel like it or not) and practicing yoga and meditation to help my GAD so that I can lower my dosage to 10mg in the future. Like the others said, I believe exercise, diet and taking care of your body (mind and soul too) are important ways to maintain energy. Sometimes I find the biggest problem with maintaining this lifestyle is never outside factors, just me being lazy or unmotivated... IMO, I will always be my biggest problem when it comes to taking care of myself, not school or anything else. Good luck.

cyntrim...what is focus factor?

Specializes in Neuroscience.

Eat better. Cut out/reduce white sugar/flour from your diet. If you eat crap, you will feel like crap no matter how much sleep you get.

If you have any other health ailments you'll be amazed about how much those problems are reduced as well by making this change.

Please I really need some advice here. I am going into Level 1 in a few weeks and am suffering from chronic anemia. My iron level is a 6 but with no insurance I cannot afford the I.V. therapy the Doctor wants me to have. I am on 3 iron pills a day and have totally changed my diet. Is there any advice you can give me to help me rebuild my blood faster. I just had a baby 8 months ago and have had gastric bypass so there are some absorption issues. I am so tired all the time but I am doing this for my kids, I'm all they have and I will push through no matter what!

these suggestions sound great everyone, thanks!

@MeganDM: I don't think we can give you specific medical advice but you've said you're already making changes to your diet so hopefully that helps! I'm sorry you're dealing with that; I constantly had anemia for a few years when I was a teen and it sucked. good luck!

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