How to Stay Healthy on Deployment
Being deployed for a catastrophic event can take a serious toll on your mental and physical health. As an adjuster, you play a major role in helping the victims of these events get back on their feet as quickly as possible, so you need to be ready! Here are some easy ways to help you stay healthy on deployment.
Keep Your Immune System Strong
One of the quickest ways to fall behind on your claims is to get sick. Illness not only affects your physical health, but it also impacts your brain’s ability to function at full capacity. Mix an immune booster packet into a glass of water each morning*. They are full of B and C vitamins which will keep your immune system in tip top shape!
Get Some Sleep
It’s not uncommon to work 16 to 18-hour days while on deployment, which why getting good sleep is even more important during these times. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try a natural supplement like melatonin or a cup of chamomile or valerian tea*. All of these have great relaxing properties and will have you snoring in no time.
Chances are you don’t have the time or resources to make a home-cooked meal during a deployment, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat fast food for every meal! Add healthy, shelf-stable snacks to your supplies like Clif bars, trail mix, and dried fruits.
Understanding foods and how they work with our body can be tricky. Think about engaging with a nutrition coach: this keeps things simple and manageable while providing some external accountability. Our team loves StrongerU.com, an excellent Macro based program that’s easy to understand and even easier to maintain while on the go!
You’re working hard during a cat and so is your body! Make sure you’re keeping it hydrated throughout the day. Keep jugs of water in your truck and consider getting a Camelbak for handsfree hydration.
Avoid Using Substances
Being deployed for a catastrophe can be extremely stressful and leaves many adjusters on edge. But using substances like nicotine and alcohol deprives you of good sleep, dehydrates your body, and leaves your mind in a haze. Try unwinding with a book, music, or your favorite TV show. Just because you’re on deployment doesn’t mean you can’t Netflix and chill!
Performing property inspections can be physically demanding, so it’s important to stay fit. Try an app like Freeletics for short, intense workouts that can be done anywhere. Asana Rebel is another fitness app that offers different yogic workouts that range from soothing stretches to limb-trembling poses. Our team loves these tools for easy, on-the-go workouts!
Full Day Reset
It’s easy to become overwhelmed during a deployment so be sure to schedule an ‘Off Day’ for yourself every 7-10 days. Take a day to explore the surrounding area, bring your clubs and schedule a tee time, or grab a reel and go fishing. Recreation is great for the mind, body, and soul and helps you restore mental and physical energy.
Keeping the Insured Safe
Safety protocols for field adjusters have changed drastically in the last month, so don’t forget to include plenty of gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer in your supplies. Always practice social distancing and minimize contact to protect yourself and the insured!
*Check with your doctor before introducing new vitamins or supplements into your routine.
**Brush Country Claims, LTD. is not affiliated to the companies/products/services mentioned in this article.
If you’re struggling with drug or alcohol use, you can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) or go to https://findtreatment.gov/ for information on hotlines, counseling services, or treatment options in your state.