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3 Tips for Surviving a Stressful Job Despite Chronic Illness

Surviving a Stressful Job Despite Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness can be extremely difficult, when you work in a high stress field you may find your health quickly taking a nosedive. So, what do you do?

While some may be forced to quit their jobs due to their health, some people manage to find their own delicate balance that allows them to keep working in high stress environments. Here are three important tips that help me keep my balance.

You Are What You Eat

Diet cannot be stressed enough, but between having little to no time for meal prep and the unpredictability of breaks, eating healthy can be a challenge. While a complete diet overhaul would be best, in most cases it is not necessarily feasible. So the next best thing is finding and eliminating your food sensitivities.

There are numerous articles and lists on the internet telling you what foods you should avoid for every type of illness under the sun, so do some research for your particular illness. Then narrow down those lists by paying attention to what your body is telling you, find what your personal triggers are and avoid them.

A food diary can be invaluable when you are discovering your dietary sensitivities. Write down what you eat each day as well as how you are feeling, then look for patterns.

Do your joints ache the day after you eat a steak or burger? What about after pizza or spaghetti? Once you discover what you need to avoid, look for substitutions. Tomatoes make you ache? The internet has many tomato-free recipes, so you can have your pizza and eat it too.

Give Yourself Permission to Rest

Stress is the enemy, it can quickly exacerbate chronic illnesses and can be extremely detrimental to your health. We often deal with irate customers and tight deadlines, if we aren’t careful this constant stress can not only weigh us down but also follow us home.

That is why we all need an outlet, so take a moment to think of things that soothe you. It can be as simple as going for a walk on your lunch break or as creative as writing music. The idea is to release those emotions and stress so they can’t bottle up.

Your mental health is just as important as your physical in managing an illness. So give yourself permission to take the occasional evening or weekend off with no cell phone, leave work where it belongs and giving yourself some personal time.

Admit You Are Not a Super Hero

Yeah, that’s a tough one to swallow; you are amazing but you aren’t invincible. The 40+ hour work weeks of the past might no longer be within your capabilities.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to quit, but maybe it’s time to reevaluate. Work with your employer, maybe you can cut back your hours by working shorter days without hurting yourself.

You need to be honest about what your health will allow you to do at this point.

It’s better to cut down your hours for now than to work yourself so far into the ground that you are forced to quit. Listening to what your body is telling you is vital. So pay attention to how you feel each week and be open to adjustments.

Finding the Balance

When you are diagnosed with a chronic illness you quickly discover that long hours and bad nutrition are no longer an option. Incorporate some of these changes into your daily routine. Your body may seem like the enemy but it can also be your greatest ally.

Listen to what your body is telling you and act accordingly, small changes can result in big improvements. It’s a daily struggle, but once you find that balance you may just find that you can maintain your health and keep your high stress job too.

Candice Hardman is a writer who uses her experiences as a healthcare worker and patient to bridge the gap in health communications. She provides professional writing services that help improve patient understanding and outcomes through her website.


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>Wellness Behaviors

>What can do we do to better our own health, to contribute to our own wellness? We have a choice For starters, we can make sure that we eat well. Our meals should be well-rounded, containing all food groups. A good article on the food groups and how you should include them in your diet can be found here.
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Wellness, attitude, stress and lupus

I was just looking over older posts and came across this from June 3. 2011 at: http://lupuschronicles.com/2011/06/03/health-is-more-than-the-absence-of-illness-illnesses/ . I think every now and then, certain topics need revisiting:

It is so true that having a positive attitude, living as stress-free a life as possible and being as healthy as you can be will maximize your health, whatever chronic illness you might have. It is with these 3 things in mind, that I'll address lupus.

How does having a positive attitude affect lupus? I can only speak for myself that a positive attitude does numerous things, the first of which is to 'fool' me into thinking that all is well.

I know darned well that my health has it's challenges, but what good is it to me when I fall for that 'cup half empty' stuff? Sure, I fall every now and then, I'm human; but I have to remind myself to put a statute of limitations on how long I'll stay on my pity pot: Then I need to force myself, or ask others to force me off.

That brings us to living a stress-free life. Stress is a bad thing, we've heard it gives headaches and a multitude of other ailments. There's so much more. A good 75% of all ailments that doctors see in their offices made worse by stress.

They're very real though. Lupus symptoms and flares are often worse in times of stress. The onset of lupus may be directly triggered by stress, too.

For example, the joint pains of lupus may be worse, insomnia and seizures may worsen, the cutaneous effects (especially in sufferers of discoid lupus) may worsen in times of stress. Lupus' characteristic fatigue may be such that getting out of bed (just thinking about it!) is impossible. These are just a few symptoms that may worsen in times of stress.

Finally, be as healthy as possible? But wait, we're already sick. But we can make the choice to be healthy: By that I'm not saying that we can wish ourselves to health and lupus will be a thing of the past.

But we can do what we need to do so we don't fall prey to complications from lupus. Some are unavoidable (lupus nephritis and CNS lupus come to mind), but we can exercise regularly to do all that we can do, so that we don't succumb to cardiac and pulmonary manifestations of lupus that might be controlled with a decrease in weight.

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One step forward, 2 steps backward/dull women have immaculate homes!

The other day, I was sitting on top of the world. I was making progress in weight loss, making great progress in physical therapy and my old nimbleness (dare I say?) was beginning to return. I was actually able to get down on the floor to play with the dog who for months, managed to love me; without my showing playful love in return.

The doctor had said that it was alright for me to return to swimming laps as exercise. So, I went back to my second home, the water. Even though I swam only about 10 laps, I was  proud of  myself. At least that’s a start!

That evening we went to listen to a neighborhood concert under the stars. I could barely walk. What had happened that I was so good in the morning; and now, it was all I could do to walk the 10 steps from the car to our awaiting lawn chairs?

So, rather than spend the next few days building on my accomplishments, I’ve spent the past two days flat on my back; yes doing the exercises I know I should do, but watching the laundry pile up! I know it’s said that “dull women have immaculate homes” but I say, in the words of Erin Brockovitch, “WHO LIVES LIKE THIS?”

So it goes, that I feel like the progress I was making is now a thing of the past; or is it. Only  time will tell. I try not to succumb to the hazards of immobility, by getting out of bed periodically and I do back exercises every few hours, but I’m down. I WAS ON SUCH A ROLL

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