Work Stress and Multiple Sclerosis

Work Stress and Multiple Sclerosis

What are some ways I can make work less stressful to help keep my multiple sclerosis in check?

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Q:

What are some ways I can make work less stressful to help keep my multiple sclerosis (MS) in check?


A:

As with your home life, it's important to learn strategies for managing fatigue and dealing with any temporary or long-term disabilities. You may want to try the following:

  • Manage your workload to accommodate fatigue. For example, if you feel good in the morning but tire rapidly in the afternoon, do your most demanding work in the morning.
  • Ask your employer about flex time.
  • Consider multiple short breaks instead of an hour-long lunch. Perhaps a 30-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks.
  • When you're having trouble concentrating, close your office door or take your work to a quiet area, if possible.
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