Late night shifts, changing time scheme and irregular hours, constantly on your feet, there are days when you do not have time to sit down and eat on time, slips, trips, falls. Chemical exposure, stress and parties on the line, owning a restaurant or working in it are not exactly a health clubs. Perhaps that is why others treat the restaurant vibe got the rate of heart diseases and stroke causes among people in the industry.
So how can you beat the stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle in the restaurant industry? Here are the answers.
HAVE TIME TO SPEAK WITH YOUR EMPLOYEE
It is a good idea to talk with your employees with regards to shift management and physical environment, smoking policies, breaks and personal food preparation policies. If you didn’t do this before starting work, and you experience particular things that interfere the operations with best practices for health, bringing them tactfully to your employees’ attention might help.
KEEP “REGULAR” SLEEP HOURS
It is for a fact that restaurant shifts are potential cause of health issue – to the extent that you can aim for regularity, approximately the same time frame each day that you work. Then adjust your sleep schedule accordingly.
EAT A GREAT BREAKFAST
Eat your breakfast the same time each day whether you are working that day or not. A healthy and hearty breakfast doesn’t mean commercial cereals, sweet rolls or bagels. Better are walnuts and almonds, chia, flax and hemp seeds, etc. This will provide extended energy, which restaurant industry workers or owners most definitely need.
FIND A SPACE AND A TIME TO EAT
Most eateries offer limited space for restaurant workers to eat. If your shift is long enough that you need a meal, find a corner where you can sit quietly and enjoy your fruits and veggies or made-ahead salad.
PREPARE AN EMERGENCY FOOD KIT
Things in the food service world do not always go quite the way you expect, so be sure you plan ahead for the times when you are starving and do not want to grab the first thing that pops into your line of visions.
Restaurant work seems to demand multi-tasking, but many recent studies show that multi-tasking is not only ineffective but has a negative health impact.
DRINK ENOUGH WATER
One of the major causes of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases is high sugar drinks. This includes not only soda but unsweetened fruit juices. When you are thirsty do not hesitate to drink water – and eat the whole fruit.