A nurse’s life can be incredibly busy - so busy that it feels like you are in a race most of the day and can’t slow down. By the end of the day, it can feel as if you are dragging your feet across the finish line. 

Nurses often expect their body to run like a Ferrari while only giving it half gasoline and half water. Consider your body a top machine that needs top fuel to keep it running smoothly throughout the day, so that you not only make it through the day, but you finish feeling strong. 

Stick with these five tips for fueling your sports car. You will feel more energy throughout the day and until the very end.

  1. Stay away from sugar. Sugar causes your body to experience quick energy, but that energy will quickly crash and you will feel less energy than before. Resist those donuts and cupcakes at work and bring a healthy snack alternative instead.
  2. Combine a low-fat protein with a complex carbohydrate for a snack. The carbohydrate will boost up your energy quickly, and the protein will keep the energy sustained so you don’t feel a crash in your energy level later. Good examples of some healthy snacks are apples with peanut butter, low-fat cheese with whole-grain crackers, a handful of nuts and dried fruit or a low-fat yogurt with some granola sprinkled on top.
  3. Eat throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re absolutely starving to eat. Instead, eat about every two hours to keep the fuels burning evenly throughout the day.
  4. Don’t overeat. The number one energy zapper is when we eat too much. Keep meals in moderate portions and make sure there are a variety of foods on your plate with vegetables being the main feature.
  5. Get enough sleep and exercise.  In order to improve and maintain the mechanics of your body, it is important to train it so that it can perform optimally when needed, but then be sure to also give it the recovery time it needs to restore and rebuild.

How do you manage to stay energetic? Share your tips with other nurses!