If you’re a shift worker or someone responsible for managing or coaching shift teams, finding gifts that are both practical and beneficial for health can be a challenge. The world of wellness advice often leaves shift workers in the cold, focusing mainly on the 9-to-5 lifestyle. It’s time to bridge that gap.
I have to admit I love a good gadget; even my husband has lovingly dubbed me “Gadget Girl.” When I find devices that make life a bit easier and pave the way for healthier living, it’s a win-win.
So whether you’re treating yourself or looking for gifts to improve your team’s well-being and productivity, this list aims to offer something valuable for everyone involved in shift work.
I love these for soups; they keep the soup warm even in a northeast winter for hours. Before leaving for work, boil the soup, carefully add it to the thermos, and seal it. This way, it’s still lovely and hot when you are ready for a meal. I have been doing this for years, and soup will stay in my car hot even in the middle of a northeast winter.
A quick tip for convenience is to blend the soup so it’s drinkable and it makes it easy to drink while working or between sites.
Whether it’s Yeti, Hydroflask, or RTIC, find an insulated bottle that fits your style and temperature preference. Because when your water tastes just right, you’re likely to drink more, and hydration is key. Aim for a 26-30 oz bottle—large enough to last but still car-cupholder compatible.
Cabin fever, be gone! Battery-heated socks and clothing allow you to brave the cold and reap the mental health benefits of some quality outdoor time. Trust me, it’s a game-changer for combating Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). This way, even if you are trying to absorb the last bit of daylight and it’s getting to those bitter temps, you can still enjoy time outside.
No such this as bad weather just poorly dressed people.
Tired of slurping soups? A heated lunch box lets you enjoy a variety of home-cooked meals on the go. They come in both 12-volt and 110-outlet versions, making it a practical option for anyone. This is an excellent idea for those who are on midnight shifts plowing snow or even those who refuse to use the microwave at work that hasn’t been cleaned in a few years!
Here’s the lowdown: you can’t improve what you don’t measure. With a fitness watch, you get real-time data on your activity levels, empowering you to make healthier choices. Brands like AmazeFit offer budget-friendly options that don’t skimp on features.
Last Christmas, I got my teen daughter the AmazeFit watch instead of the Apple Watch, and she loves it.
Sleep Masks & Blue Light Blockers: Master Your Sleep Cycle
For those pulling the second or third shift, maintaining a stable sleep cycle is crucial. Sleep masks help you control your sleep environment, while blue-light-blocking glasses come in various lens colors to suit different needs. Whether you’re working on a computer or winding down for bed, these are essential tools to support a better night’s sleep.
These lamps mimic the natural light your body craves to keep your circadian rhythm on track. Ideal for anyone whose “morning” starts at 3 am or 10 pm!
Struggling to catch some Zs? Try a heat wrap for an extra dose of cozy, and you’ll be off to dreamland in no time. It’s a timeless trick that still works wonders.
When your workday revolves around being on your feet, a good foot massager is not a luxury—it’s a necessity. These gadgets can work miracles on those nagging aches and pains.
I personally have one, and it’s seriously the best thing I ever purchased for myself.
If your bed is always warm no matter what, consider a Bed Jet or cooling sheets. They can help maintain an optimal sleeping temperature. It’s an often-overlooked aspect of sleep hygiene, but it makes all the difference.
So there you have it, my top gadget picks for making healthier living more accessible to all my shift-working friends out there. Let’s face it: the 9-to-5 world isn’t built for us, but who says we can’t carve out our own wellness routines with a little tech-savvy edge?
Remember, your health is worth every bit of effort, no matter the hours you work. So go ahead, treat yourself or your fellow shift worker to gadgets that make well-being much easier to attain. Because when it comes to health, every shift counts!