As the holiday season approaches, the stores that shoppers visit for gifts will become busier. This extra business can lead to employees working longer hours than normal with fewer days off. It is easy to develop burnout from the stress of working in a busy environment along with having longer shifts. Here are some ways to avoid burnout.
Select Comfortable Garments
Select garments that are loose enough that your skin isn’t rubbed by the fabric. Avoid wearing tight slacks that can make your back and abdomen hurt. While making sure that you are following your employer’s dress code, you should also wear shirts that have the proper sleeve length so that you aren’t too hot or too cold.
Don’t Accept Too Much Overtime
If you work too much during the holidays, then you are more likely to get physically ill from lack of sleep, but the long hours can also affect your mind. The stress from no downtime can take its toll on your brain, making you feel moody.
Take Care of Your Feet
Caring for your feet when you work in retail is imperative. You may need to stand for many hours behind a cash register, or alternatively, you might walk several miles while assisting customers and stocking shelves. Choose supportive shoes, and also, wear thick moisture-absorbent socks. Make sure to change your shoes during the middle of the day or night, using pain spray to alleviate the discomfort in the heels, arches and toes.
Consume a Nutritious Diet
If you are working for 12 or more hours a day, then you may find it difficult to consume nutritious meals. In some cases, your employer may not give you enough time for meals, and you won’t have time for cooking food at home. Plan ahead before the holiday season by making extra meals that you can place in the freezer but that are easy to reheat in a microwave. You can bring these meals to work, or you can have the meals when you return home.
Get Organized Before the Holiday Season Begins
When you work in retail, you should get organized before the holiday season begins by cleaning your home, stocking up on groceries, making sure that your vehicle is serviced and completing your own shopping. By thinking ahead of time, you can work in retail without worrying about some of these tasks.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.