Tips for When You Work on Your Feet All Day

by - June 12, 2019

Before we get into the topic of today's post, I wanted to address some little updates and ask you what you think. First, I want to tell you that next week's post will be a project pan update and I don't know if you're enjoying those or not so please let me know. Second, I ordered the Morphe Live In Color Artistry Palette and I want to know what you want me to write about it. Do you want a review,  a glam look, a wearable look, all of the above? Third, I haven't been taking outfit pictures or nice pictures overall because the weather has been awful and all the outfits I have to show you are very summery but hopefully, soon I'll be able to show you some new pieces I got. I apologize for all the Pixabay photos in previous posts but I had no choice. Hopefully, today's memes will be more fun. Okay, now on to today's topic.

I've worked in retail for a while to know all the tips and tricks for working on our feet all day and I thought I'd share them with you as someone stumbling upon this post might need these. I'm not a doctor so if you ever feel any massive discomfort or pain, please seek professional help. These are just things I've found that help me with discomfort and back/legs/feet pain and some mental tricks to cope with not so good days.
This is probably the one thing everybody that works on their feet all day immediately thinks of. The shoes you pick have to be comfortable and lightweight, I prefer sneakers but if where you work at it's mandatory to wear some kind of shoe that isn't sneakers, think about investing in good pair of insoles and if you can, bring comfortable shoes with you to change at the end of the day, it makes a difference even if your commute is 5 minutes long.

Every day before starting your shift, stretch your legs, arms, and back. Not only will you be getting better flexibility but you're also getting your body ready to endure the tough task of standing all day. If you have the opportunity, redo those exercises throughout the day to freshen up your muscles and release tension.
Too cold or too hot
If where you work is too hot, stick to light fabrics like cotton or linen and wear only flowy pieces that aren't too tight and don't touch your skin too much as transpiration on your clothes can make you feel even hotter. If you have a uniform though, there's not much you can do. Now when you feel cold, stick to warm pieces and layers. If you can, wear a scarf, warm socks and always keep moving to warm up your body. If you have a uniform, see if you can layer underneath. It's amazing how much a simple t-shirt or spaghetti strap top can warm you up.

Focus on your costumers
If you're having a particularly bad day and don't feel like putting a smile on your face, try to detach from whatever is making you feel that way. Contact with customers has always been a good escape for me, talking to them and focusing on their needs and chatting with them a bit helps me forget about my problems and gets me in a better mood. And don't forget that you as a client wouldn't want to be treated with a frown and rude words so treat your clients with kindness and eventually, your frown will have turned upside down, fake it till you make it, right?

Legs up
This is something I learned from a Yoga teacher, as she did this with her students at the end of every class. I do this every night before going to bed for about 10-20 minutes while I get some extra work done on the blog. I lay my back on my bed, put my butt up to my headboard and put my legs up against the wall. This will benefit circulation on your legs and feet and not only will you feel a sense of relief afterward, but you'll also be helping your legs in the long run as standing all day can make you get varicose veins later on in life.

The basics
Basically all the basic things we should be doing anyway even if we didn't work on our feet all day. Like drinking enough water, eating healthy food and getting a good night's sleep in the right positions (definitely guilty of not doing this). As we start working on a job that requires us to be on our feet all day, we will feel the need more and more to take care of ourselves so that we don't feel as uncomfortable. These basic things are easy to accomplish and make a big difference. And even if we ever stop working on our feet all day, these lifestyle changes will stick and help us live a healthier life.

I hope you're having a great day,
Marta Ribeiro xx 

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