The first time I decided to work weekend doubles after CNA training, I thought I was going to die. Sure, the pay was better and I had the entire week to myself, but working 16 hours in a row with only 8 off in-between drained me emotionally and physically after CNA training.
To stay alert and awake I tried a variety of energizing supplements on the market. To this day, I will forever remember my first energy drink. I held my nose to get past the unbelievably gross taste, and for an hour and a half I was bouncing from room to room. Soon after, though, I faced the inevitable crash and had to drag myself through the remaining 6 hours of my shift.
It wasn’t until a few months later when I finally realized how to maintain my energy throughout the double shifts without crashing or passing out as soon as I sat down to do paperwork. To save you some time, however, I’m going to go ahead and let you in on the secret.
After CNA Training: How to Stay Energized
While it might feel like you are a slave to your energy levels after CNA training, there are some simply steps you can take to increase your energy and make it through the day.
- Sleep- While you might argue that you already sleep, chances are you aren’t sleeping enough. Log off of Facebook, DVR that TV show and get to bed at a decent time. Going to bed at the same time each night and getting in at least 8 hours of sleeve will help your body re-energize itself each day. In addition, make sure it’s a peaceful sleep. Deep the room dark, quiet, and cool to ensure your body is able to rest the way it should after CNA training.
- Exercise- While spending energy may seem like a weird way to increase energy, it actually works. Once your body becomes used to working out, it will become stronger and will increase the amount of energy you have on a daily basis. In addition, working out increases your heart rate, increase blood flow to the brain and the amount of oxygen absorbed by your cells. So, if you’re feeling tired at work after CNA training, take a break and run around the building a couple times. You’ll feel more energetic and mentally alert.
- Drink More Water- Our bodies are made up of 60% water. If we don’t put more into our bodies every day, our bodies aren’t going to function the way they should. Stay hydrated at all times.
- Stay Away From Boosters- You’ve heard my story about my experience with energy drinks after CNA training. These drinks may provide quick bursts of energy, but it never lasts. In addition, these energy boosters can be addicting for some people.
- Go Outside- There’s nothing like nature to energize you after CNA training. Breathe in the fresh air and soak up the sunlight as much as possible.