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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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Good one-liners

Inside every older person is a younger person — wondering what the hell happened..

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The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.

-Helen Hayes (at 73)-

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I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.

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Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.

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A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car.

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Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.

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My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint

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Old age ain’t no place for sissies.

-Bette Davis-

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A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.

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The phrase “working mother” is redundant.

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Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the windows.

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Whatever women must do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.

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Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.

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I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.

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If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.

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When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years, before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow!

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I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb . and I’m also not blonde.

-Dolly Parton-

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If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.

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I’m not going to vacuum ’til Sears makes one you can ride on.

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When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.

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Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.

-Maryon Pearson –

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In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man-IF YOU WANT ANYTHING DONE, ASK A WOMAN!

-Margaret Thatcher-

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I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.

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I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.

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Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.

-Eleanor Roosevelt-

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Today, I added a new category entitled: LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE, in which there will be pleasing posts, jokes, calming stories or all natures. Plain escapism, because Lord only knows we each eat a huge piece of humble pie and are reminded that we aren’t a lot of what we want to be: EACH DAY.

This daily reminder needs to be countered with a chance for that “CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY” moment and that is exactly what the column is intended to do: to provide a daily=-or several times daily, break in the challenge or break in the grind of a daily reminder that we weren’t able to live the life we had all ‘mapped out!’

So, there you have it. Visit, LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE on a regular basis for a funny bone tickler or a grounding session. Annie

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Daily belly laugh

In this column, I’ll try to display a daily joke or riddle. It’s been shown that a ‘good belly laugh’ as told by Norman Cousins in his very famous book, “Anatomy of an Illness,” was often the tonic the doctor ordered and it worked to relieve pain.

In future posts we’ll display the HOW and the WHYa that makes work, But for now this is. For now, a joke of two. I’ll make every attempt to leave questionable language out of the jokes! Herewith, ‘LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!’

I thought we’d start with a video:

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