September is over and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun! While it may seem a little early for us to start thinking about presents and tinsel, preparation for the festive season is already well underway for the events industry. September through to December are by far the busiest months for the hospitality industry. Many staff members tend to find themselves picking up more shifts in comparison to the relatively quiet summer months.
An influx of shifts without proper wellness routine in place can sometimes leave you feeling tired and overworked. With this in mind, here are some fantastic wellbeing tips to make sure that you are all still taking care of yourself over the busy period!
Fuel your body properly
While it may seem obvious, long shifts, early starts and late nights over the busier season can often make it tricky to find time to eat properly. You’ll be given a break on any shift longer than six hours and lots of our clients provide meals for staff members. However, on long and busy shifts, service comes first, and as a result, you may find yourself getting hungry and lacking energy with hours still to go until you have a chance to stop and eat! It never hurts to bring along a small snack or a cereal bar and if you nail down the habit of having a proper, big meal before your shift starts you should be good to go!
Never underestimate the value of a glass of water. It’s hard enough to drink enough water on a regular day, but when you are working, you need to make sure you are reaching for that glass of water as often as possible. When you keep properly hydrated your body will stay more alert, you will have more energy, you will avoid a headache, and most importantly, you will feel much fresher the next day.
Make the most of your break
We know it’s tempting to reach for your phone as soon as you start your break. However, looking at your screen can actually result in you being even more tired because you are not giving your brain and eyes proper rest. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media, try having a chat with someone or stretching your body. You could also just close your eyes for a minute, take a few deep breaths and let your body rest. Your eyes will thank you for that by the time your shift will be coming to an end.
Take that makeup OFF
We cannot stress enough how crucial this step is in your wellbeing routine! No matter how tired you are when you get home after work – just take those two minutes and clean your face. You will a) feel fresher straight away, b) feel fresher the next morning, c) feel MUCH fresher in a few years when all the years of not taking your makeup off will try and catch up with you. And trust us, those years come sooner than you think.
Get enough Zzzz’s in
You’ve probably heard that one before, but the reason you have is because it’s true! While it may vary from person to person, most adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best – especially if you work in such a challenging industry as hospitality. The job is physical and demands quite a lot from your body. Be kind to yourself and make sure you get enough hours in before you head out to your next shift again.
Preparation is key
On the note of getting enough sleep, make sure to maximize your morning snoozing abilities and take 5 minutes out of your evening to prepare everything you might need the next day. Lay out a fresh shirt, pack your backpack, check your shift notes and how long it will take you to get to the venue the next day. Preparation will take the stress out from the next morning, give you a few extra minutes of sleep in the AM and ensure you will start the day on the right foot.
All in all, the little things make a HUGE difference. If you don’t believe us, we recommend an experiment: day one – do your regular thing and record how you feel the next morning; then day two – make sure to get all those points in and tell us in the comments below how (much better) you felt the next morning.