My biggest downfall is not letting my body rest. I always want to go, go go, and never want to be left out. To all my fellow cabin crew members, workaholics, and gym rats, let your body have a rest day! I always learn the hard way. I got hit with strep throat again!!!!!!!! It probably didn’t help that I came in from a red eye, took a short nap, and headed back out for the evening thinking I could hang (WRONG). Then I push myself to go hard in the gym when all I should have done was let myself sleep!
We don’t realize how important it is for our mind and body to actually get good rest. When your body works on 6 hours or less of sleep your thoughts travel more slowly then normal and your body relies on you to do things through memory. This can be a huge issue when you have a job that requires decision making and problem solving. One night of no sleep or several nights without good sleep will throw your hormones totally off. This can lead to an increase in appetite, feeling sluggish, and continuously feeling distracted lowering your reaction times (Shape, 2016).
Way too many times have I learned the hard way to listen to my body when it needs to rest. Let’s face it, going to the doctors is never fun. As much as we may complain about work, I rather not use my sick time actually being sick. Stay healthy, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest!!!