Heading back to work after a break nearly always guarantee first-day-at-school butterflies, but if you’re returning after a PsA diagnosis then the 9 to 5 may seem even more daunting than usual. We’ve got you covered with some tricks and tips to help make that transition a little easier:
- Talk it out: PsA is a chronic illness, and it’s likely that there will be days when it will have an effect on what you can achieve. That doesn’t mean that you’re not capable of ruling the world – sometimes you just may need to take things a little slower. It’s important that people you work with understand the effects of PsA, so having an upfront conversation and setting out clearly what will happen on flare up day can help set expectations right from the start. Whether it’s working from home or taking a few days out, listening to your body and communicating your needs with colleagues can help you stay healthy and happy.
- Cruising through the commute: Arriving at work at 9 o’clock is almost guaranteed to involve snaking traffic jams, packed trains or sweaty buses – not ideal if you’re trying to avoid flare ups! Flexible working (starting an hour before or after the standard working hours) could mean that your commute is faster and less crowded, giving a much calmer and more relaxed day.
- Travellin’ light: Rucksacks and handbags can quickly become filled with daily essentials, and can soon feel like you’re carrying around a sack of rocks! Getting into the habit of emptying bags at the end of each day and keeping staples such as hand lotion and pens at work will help keep your bag as light as possible, lightening your load and helping reduce back, neck and shoulder strain.
- Exercise: Sitting at a desk all day is a recipe for stiff and achy joints – not pleasant at all. Try getting up for a short walk at least once an hour to keep your knees happy. There are also some quick and easy exercises that can be done while sitting down; try to raise and lower your toes while keeping your heels on the floor, and then do the opposite by raising and lowering your heels while your toes stay on the floor.1
- You are what you eat: A new routine is a crucial time to stick to a good diet. Balanced lunches packed full of nutrients could help boost energy levels throughout the afternoon as well as helping you to stay healthy. There are also certain nutrients such as Omega-3 that have been linked with alleviating PsA symptoms2 - try our orange drizzle cake as a delicious and symptom-busting treat!