Starting an apprenticeship can be physically demanding, not to mention stressful, which means it’s important you take care of yourself.
Maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle won’t just help you perform your daily activities better, it can help you get more out of life, as well as help you cope with stress and change.
Here are some tips to help you manage the demands placed on you by an apprenticeship:
You need to make sure you’re fuelling your body with healthy and nutritious food to give you the energy to get through the day. Eating healthy food will not only make you feel great, it can save you money.
Construction trades can be physically demanding, so you need to understand that the work can be hard and tiring. In the early days of an apprenticeship you may need to do additional exercise to build up your strength and physical capacity. But it’s equally important to listen to your body and not overdo it.
Experts recommend eight hours of uninterrupted sleep for adults in order to stave off stress. If you're sleeping poorly on a regular basis, and running a continuous sleep deficit, your working efficiency, and your safety and the safety of others around you will be heavily compromised.
When the body has too little water the effects can be devastating. Dehydration occurs when the loss of body fluids exceeds the amount of water taken in.
Throughout the day, you lose about two litres of water from your body. If you don’t replace this lost water, it can lead to dehydration, which presents as thirst, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps and dry mouth.
Try to avoid sugary energy drinks. Soft drinks don’t replace the water you lose, and caffeinated energy drinks can actually make dehydration worse by increasing urine production.
Good stress can help you:
All of this can be helpful. But there can be problems when your stress is greater than your ability to handle it.
Here are some of the things you can do reduce and manage stress:
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