After long, tiring days of many hours of standing and working under considerable pressure, I often find myself wanting and needing to take a nap right after I get off work. Recently, I have been surprised at discovering another way that has been working very well for me to lessen work-induced fatigue when I cannot take a nap soon after getting off work.
With my current schedule, I am often not able to take a nap after work on two days of the week. Because of teaching and other commitments that I have relatively soon after work on those days, I also need on these days to clean up shortly after a long day of strenuous physical work.
Because of a problem that we have been having with the showerhead in our bathroom, I was forced to take a rather cold shower one day about three weeks ago so that I would not be smelly when I went to teach. Although the process was initially quite unpleasant, I discovered that I experienced an almost immediate and dramatic lessening of my fatigue after taking that cold shower.
I was very surprised that I was able to teach effectively and function quite well that evening without taking much time at all to rest or nap after work. In fact, the cold shower reenergized me in a way that taking a nap usually does not.
Every time that I have tried this approach so far after a hard day of heavy physical work, I have experienced the same dramatic relief afterwards. Although this way may not work for other people and may not work for me as well in the future, I have found it so far to be a great help to me in handling the much heavier workload that I now have!
If only there were a less unpleasant way . . .