Oftentimes independent insurance adjusters will work crazy hours when disaster strikes. Natural disasters, such as the recent hurricanes, offer an insane amount of available work. (This recent article states you can make between $65,000-100,000 in the first month after a major hurricane hits!) Working far more hours than a typical “overtime” you’ll need to remember to set aside time for self care to stay healthy, rested, and sane.
Self Care During Heavy Work Loads Tips
- Organize and prioritize – If your documents or work environment is messy, this can lead to extra unnecessary stress. Keep your spaces clean and organized at all times.
- Sleep – Getting enough sleep is crucial for staying healthy. Most adults need 6-8 hours per night to function optimally during the day. Your brain needs a rest to ensure it stays sharp. Getting enough sleep will help your mood too. Having empathy for hurricane or natural disaster survivors will provide camaraderie between you and your clients.
- Nutrition – Eat real, natural food! Fueling your body with healthy foods helps ward away stress while keeping hunger at bay.
- Exercise – Working up a sweat helps alleviate negative emotions and stress associated with high work loads. Just 30 minutes a day 3-4 times a week can produce endorphins that will improve your mood.
- Water – Drink plenty of water! Many people underestimate the importance of staying hydrated. Flushing out toxins helps you feel energized during the day and can reduce feelings of work burn out.
- Meditate – Taking just 5 minutes to focus on your breathing can re-energize you.
- Spend time alone – Surrounding yourself with people all day is draining. Find some “me” time to focus on your own thoughts and unwind.
Practicing self care during heavy work loads will help manage “burnout” when you’re overworking. Remember all the great perks of being an independent adjuster in overwhelming times. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do! Push through it so you can enjoy all the money and downtime later on.