When you’re traveling with locum tenens assignments, it can be hard to stay healthy. Simple things like changing your routine, eating new foods, being in a new time zone, can cause your immune system to be lowered.
We all know germs are prevalent in airports and airplanes, but did you know that research suggests that changes in your sleep cycle (i.e., when you are jet-lagged) can throw off your circadian rhythm, which can affect your immune response. The stress of travel also has a significant effect on your immune health, as well. Here are some travel tips to help keep you on top of your game.
Before you go
To help prevent jet lag, you can pick up some melatonin at your local grocery store or pharmacy. The best way to use the melatonin is to take it at a time that you would typically go to bed but in your new time zone. Taking this step can help with getting you accustomed to a new sleep routine as quickly as possible.
Checking the Travelers’ Health section of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for travel health warnings, vaccination recommendations, and preventive health tips can help prepare you for what might happen in your new location.
On your way there
If you suffer from motion sickness, a natural and safe remedy is ginger. You can take ginger powder with water, ginger capsules, ginger root tea, or ginger chews. Ginger, unlike Dramamine, will not make you tired, making it is okay to take at any point.
Antibacterial wipes are a great product to carry with you so that everything you touch is clean. The best way to ensure that you stay clean is to wipe down everything you might contact on a plane, especially the tray table in front of your seat as it does not always get wiped down after every use.
When you arrive
Making sure that you do some sort of exercise after getting off the plane is a sure-fire way to ensure that you get the blood flowing again. Doing this will also help to knock out any sickness you might have caught on the journey.
Vitamin C is crucial to keeping your immune system in tip-top shape and can help ensure that you don’t feel terrible after a long journey. You can drink it in juices, a water-soluble powder or gummies and chews.
Making sure you are taking care of your health is one way to ensure that your locum tenens assignment is as enjoyable as possible. When you feel healthy, you are able to help your patients do the same.
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