Newbie Energy saving tips

11 Jul 2018 5:20 PMJen Fitzgerald
Newbie Energy saving tips

Its Plastic free July, World Environment Day in June and Clean up Australia day in March. So many ways to save the planet but how can we save ourselves and our energy while working in the crazy world of aged care.

 

Its Plastic free July, World Environment Day in June and Clean up Australia day in March. So many ways to save the planet but how can we save ourselves and our energy while working in the crazy world of aged care.

Some aged care workers buzz about and end up in a frenzy by the end of a shift while the efficient ones just seem to glide through with little effort.

How do they do that?

Here are 5 tips

1. Experience counts for everything. The calm workers are generally very experienced and have worked in the same section for many months or years. Don’t expect to be like these wise ones straight away.

2. You will not be expected to know everything and mistakes will happen. An example is a newbie who was asked to give meds and was inexperienced so she crushed some. No one was hurt, but there are many issues here because of slow release pill coatings and pill coatings to avoid gastric upset. Plus, legally only RN’s can crush meds.

Don’t let the stress of learning your job suck your energy especially when you get home.

3. Talking about medication - don’t self-medicate yourself with too much wine or similar. You won’t sleep well or deeply and will deprive yourself of all important rest and de-stress time. A well-known energy zapper.

4. Keep soft eyes and stay Zen throughout the day. It’s about shrugging off every little mistake you make, (as long as they are little) asking lots of questions when you do make a mistake and learning from the situation. See point 2 regarding stress.

5. Revitalize your energy whenever possible. This can be done with a good brisk walk, lots of cuddles or a fulfilling experience. Time spent with family, special occasions or book a concert so you have something to revive your spirits and energy.