Anyone who has a physically demanding job that requires them to put their body under pressure should think about how to remedy the damage done, if any. Your body will experience wear and tear and if you aren’t careful, this could lead to bigger problems for your muscles, joints, and bones later on in life. Clearly, you don’t want to have to deal with those kinds of problems, so it’s worth giving this some thought now.
Self-Care for a Physically Demanding Job
Listen to Your Body
You know what kind of work you do, so you know which parts of your body are most at risk. You should pay more attention to these parts of your body and listen more closely to what your body is telling you. If your work requires you to put stress on your back and spine hard, you might be more likely to experience cervical spinal stenosis. Think carefully about the kinds of problems you might be vulnerable to. When you do that, you will be able to take the right action to protect yourself.
Continually Reassess Your Lifestyle Choices
What you do outside of work will also have an impact on your health and physical condition. The wrong lifestyle choices will lead to the kinds of problems that you don’t need. You should definitely aim to quit smoking and limit your alcohol intake if you do either one on a regular basis. Reassess these kinds of lifestyle choices continually. The longer you take to ditch those bad habits, the greater the damage done to your body will be.
Prioritize Your Sleeping Pattern
As you know, your body needs time to rest and this is what happens when you sleep. If you don’t have a regular and consistent sleeping pattern that gives your body the time it needs to recover, you will suffer long-term problems. There are other issues that can arise from not getting enough sleep too. Many of these relate to your mental health. So, find the time to sleep and make your sleeping pattern more consistent.
Slow Down When You Need To
Just because you do a physical job, that doesn’t mean you can’t take it a little slow at times. When you push your body hard too often and for too long, you will cause it short-term and long-term problems. That’s obviously something that you want to avoid. You don’t want to have your mobility or flexibility damaged in years to come. So, take it slow and know when your body needs some time to recover and recalibrate.
Make Use of Heat and Cold
Heat packs and ice packs can both be very useful after a hard day of physical work. If you have never made use of these before, now is the time for that to change. They can relax and soothe your muscles depending on what you need at any given time. That relaxation can help to prevent tight muscles and aches the next day. In the long-term, this can help keep your muscles free of pains and problems.
By protecting your body in the ways I’ve mentioned above, you will be able to stay in good physical condition, even when you’re doing a physically demanding job each day!
– Marsha 💋