ibd in the workplace
Have you ever found yourself in a REALLY important meeting and, all of a sudden, feel the insane urge to leap out of your seat, sprint like an olympian to the nearest toilet, and unleash the fury of yesterday’s lunch?
Just me? Alllllllllllllrightythen.
Well, maybe you’ve had to deal with urgency or maybe your IBD symptoms simply make being at work uncomfortable. I find myself doing well managing my symptoms some days and completely succumb to them on other days. Either way, having IBD is hard enough when you don’t have deadlines, meetings, and all of the stresses of a job on top of it.
It has been a long time coming here and now is the time to share my knowledge and wisdom about how I conquer my IBD in the workplace:
Find a way to cool your jets
Stress can contribute to a lot of different ailments; not just IBD. Do yourself a kindness and figure out a way to manage your stress at the workplace. Take a 5-minute walk outside, meditate in the bathroom, take a nap under your desk – whatever works!
This may take some practice for you but you have to stick to whatever gives your brain a break from work. It can be anything that makes you happy. Personally, it is eating my lunch while watching one of my favorite shows on my phone. During the last 5 minutes of my lunch break, I either take a short walk or close my eyes and sit in silence. Just make sure that one guy from accounting doesn’t come in and ruin your zen.
Your mindset is one of your most powerful tools in controlling stress-induced inflammation in your body.
If your mind is right, your body will follow.
Namastay in bed,