How Travel Nurses Can Boost Brain Power in 6 Simple Steps
Ok, let’s face it, the winter months can begin to drag on even the best travel nurses. Before we know it, we are looking forward to curling up with a blanket and binge-watching hours of Netflix. You’re not alone; Netflix reported that more than 140 million hours of content was streamed per day in 2017 or just over 1 billion per week of streaming! With statistics like that, we knew travel nurses could probably use some brain power boosting solutions to balance out the brain power down of the winter months. Here are 6 healthy habits that boost your brain power.
Ah yes, coffee is always nice to see any healthy habits list! Even better, travel nurses can start the shift knowing they are boosting their brain power just by sipping on Star Bucks, Dunkin’ Donuts or their own homemade brew. Coffee helps to keep us alert by blocking adenosine receptors and also helps to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and depression.
A diet high in whole foods and low in sugar, healthy fats and an abundance of colorful fruits and vegetables is still by far the best brain-boosting diet. Some other items to add to your grocery list to boost your brain power are: turmeric (found in curry) is linked to reducing Alzheimer’s disease due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; cocoa and blueberries; and fatty fish that are high in Omega 3s such as Wild salmon.
Staying mentally active throughout your lifetime in positively linked to cognitive health. While you’re on your break as a travel nurse, try doing cross-word puzzles or Sudoku. Continuing your education while earning a higher degree or certification is also an excellent way to stay mentally focused.
Yes, exercise made this list also! People who exercise are shown to have better thinking and memory skills as well as a reduced risk of dementia. Some studies show those who exercise vigorously as older adults have cognitive test scores placing them 10 years younger than those who don’t. So, find some fun ways to introduce exercise into your life. Try a class with new co-workers on your travel nurse assignment or explore your new city by foot.
Meditation has been linked to increased brain volume in areas of the cerebral cortex and reduced activity in the brain's amygdala (fear and anxiety) and the brain's default mode network (when our brain is wondering through thoughts that can be negative or distressing). It can approve attention and concentration which leads to less time for fear, anxiety, negativity or distress. This is a huge help to any travel nurse who deals with the stress of a high demand career.
Sleep deprivation can cause a lack of concentration, attention, creative thinking and learning. The more sleep deprived we are, the longer it takes to undo it. Travel nurses should aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep in order to have optimal cognitive health.
Whether you’re a travel nurse in the mountains of Colorado, by the Oceans of Florida or the beaches of Saipan take some time off from binge-watching this winter and add these healthy habits of sipping coffee, eating healthy foods, expanding your mental activities, exercising, meditating and getting plenty of sleep to boost your brain power. These habits will help you to help others in a long and happy career as a travel nurse!
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