10 self-care tips for professionals who stand all day
Working in hospitality has a number of amazing perks – flexible hours, meeting interesting people, travelling, etc. However, a career in this industry can be physically taxing, especially on your soles.
Although human bodies aren’t made to hold the same posture for long hours, hoteliers often spend nearly the entire day standing upright, greeting guests, and managing events, leading to aching hips, back pain, bad knees and, of course, painful feet.
Over the years, we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to care while on the job. Here are the 10 most important self-care tips every hotelier must know.
#1 Pay attention to your posture
Save yourself a lot of trouble by being conscious of your posture, as it is often the biggest reason for added stress to your back, shoulders, and feet. The right posture can help balance your weight throughout the feet rather than concentrate pressure on the toes or heels.
#2 Choose the right footwear
Since you are going to be on your feet a lot, it’s important to wear shoes that are comfortable and appropriately cushioned. Keep in mind that your feet are going to swell throughout the course of your day. Therefore, go for footwear that are slightly larger than your feet.
#3 Every little movement counts
When you are in the same posture for long periods of time, play with your hair, tap your pen, or shift your weight from one foot to another. Small gestures like these can boost blood circulation which in turn helps maintain good cardiovascular health.
#4 Stay hydrated
Standing all day takes a ton of energy and your body burns a lot of calories. Make sure to keep a large bottle of water by your station, and take frequent sips.
#5 Go on mini walks
If your job allows you to move around, then try to fit in a 5-minute walk every couple of hours. The simple exercise can help you build strength in your calves, allowing you to stand more comfortably.
#6 Stretch or yoga
Take a stretching break or, if you have a tad more space, do a little yoga. These help you feel better by relieving some of the stress and tension from your muscles. The exercises are also good for staying limber and to pamper your joints.
#7 Exercise regularly
Incorporate regular exercise into your daily morning routine. Squats and lunges help prepare your legs for the long day ahead while also increasing endurance. Planks are good for building up your core and correcting your posture.
#8 DIY foot bath
After a long day, treat your sore feet to a good soak. Give yourself a soothing foot bath with a small bucket of warm water, and a few spoons of sea salt. You can also add essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass, or sandalwood.
#9 Pedicure or foot reflexology
Being presentable is part and parcel of a hospitality career. Pamper yourself with a pedicure which is also great to get rid of dead skin cells. Otherwise, simply opt for a foot reflexology massage and relax. A trained masseuse can help you unwind and relieve any pain you might be feeling.
#10 Lumbar support belts
As we’ve seen, standing for hours can lead to pain in your lower back. Research shows that lumbar support belts help provide short-term relief. You can also use these belts to correct your posture and elongate the spine.
If you still feel acute pain in your feet, legs or hamstrings after trying these techniques, consult your doctor immediately. It is important that we put ourselves first and take care of our needs. It’s only when we are in good health can we take better care of our guests.