There will always come a day when you have to work on a graveyard shift. Yes, no matter what you do this kind of schedule is inevitable and it’s still plain hard to go through even when you do your work from home. Believe me, I worked on a graveyard shift before and staying up late at home for years comes with a price. Not to mention that it’s a bit challenging to be productive.
A little sleep disturbance everyday, stomach cramps brought by a sudden change of time in eating and a lot of body adjustments. These are just some of the effects to name the few that you will encounter. So I thought I’d write down a few survival tips to help you get through your evenings. We’ll get you fully equipped in no time!
SET YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Setting your expectations ahead of time can give you an idea of what it is to come. Knowing how staying up late will affect your body and health can help you prepare mentally and physically. Know where you stand by examining your present situation, condition and environment so you can adjust to them or completely change them accordingly.
BE MENTALLY PREPARED BY MEDITATING
Preparing your mind will make things easier for your body. A 10 minute worth of meditation before your shift can already save you a night long of stress. Meditating does not only improve your sense of alertness and sensitivity, but it also calms you in a whole. Making you handle work happily and end your shift with a peace of mind.
PREPARE YOUR BODY BEFORE WORKING
Doing your work from home while on a graveyard shift can give your body a lazy feeling and this will soon hinder you from performing better. Definitely, a NO-NO if you are eyeing for a promotion. Avoid these from happening by just simply doing some stretches and warm ups before your shift. Jumping jacks and a roll of push ups can do you no harm. Well, in fact, it will help you keep your pulses and adrenaline rushing which can help you stay alert and awake all throughout the evening.
WORK FROM HOME MEANS EASY ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOODS
When we work from home, we neglect to realize that we almost live a sedentary life with limited access to mobility which can cause us our health later on. Compensate it by storing healthy foods in the fridge. Also, drink at least a liter and a half of water to keep our body and skin hydrated. Keep a bottle full of water beside you when working so you will not feel lazy to drink whenever you are too busy working. Eating vegetables and fruits can also help you detoxify your body and give you a good bowel movements.
SELF DISCIPLINE IS THE KEY
It is hard to stay on top of ourselves when we are too busy working when infact, it is actually the time we should be taking care of ourselves more. Working on a graveyard shift requires more effort as it is scientifically proven to be unhealthy for our brain and body. It is toxic, as the experts describe it. With these being said, discipline is the key to stay on track and far from any illnesses.
Here are some of the most important points to remember while working.
- Keep away things that can distract you from working. Yes, you have to close down your Facebook profile so you can focus and finish your work on time.
- Eating while working is not a bad thing at all but keep in mind that being full can make you feel sleepy.
- Schedule your breaks to keep your working momentum.
In all seriousness, please look after yourself as you navigate the night shift rhythm even when you do your work from home. These are just some of the hundred things you can do, but you can always try whichever you think is best for you, then let us know how it fair. We’d love to hear from you!
We hope these helps, thank you and have a great shift!