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How to Balance Your MS Fatigue at Work

By Daryl H. Bryant (422 words)
Posted in MS Book News on April 8, 2014

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How to Balance Your MS Fatigue at Work

Fatigue is a very common symptom for those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It is still possible for you to maintain a career and manage these symptoms, but it requires a healthy balance between rest and wakefulness. These five tips will help you balance your MS Fatigue while you’re at work to help you stay alert and focused while you’re on the clock.

1. Exercise Regularly
Maintaining a regular exercise regimen will keep your energy levels up. Introducing light workouts during your lunch hour will keep you energized through the afternoon slump. Don’t over exert yourself. Instead, simply walk around the office 2-3 times at a steady, comfortable pace, or keep hand weights handy for quick arm exercises.

2. Stay Cool
If you’re exercising, you know it’s important to stay cool. Heat can sometimes exacerbate symptoms and bring on fatigue. Drink cool liquids, especially iced water, to keep your body temperature from getting too high. Keep cold packs in your workplace freezer (if available). This way, if you feel yourself getting too hot, you can rest one on your forehead until the discomfort subsides.

3. Eat Healthy
A healthy diet is one of the easiest ways to avoid fatigue. During your work day, stay away from hot meals and sugary snacks. Instead, eat light. Munch on fresh fruit and veggies. Their natural sugars and high protein content will keep you energized. Avoid caffeine when you can as this can often cause you to crash and worsen symptoms and fatigue.

4. Vary Your Workload
Boredom can sometimes increase fatigue, so space out your tasks and vary your routine. Explain your fatigue to your boss and coworkers and let them know how you are approaching your work. When you feel yourself getting drowsy, switch gears and move onto something else if your schedule allows.

5. Maintain a Sleep Schedule
Finally, and most importantly, maintain a regular sleep schedule. Enjoy the recommended 7-9 hours every night. Don’t cut out sleep to finish tasks. Maintaining a regular schedule will keep your body’s clock in tune and help you avoid fatigue during the day.

Keep these 5 tips in mind while you manage your MS fatigue at work. Light exercise routines and light meals will keep you energized, and staying cool during the day will keep your fatigue symptoms from getting worse. Maintain a regular sleep schedule while at home, and consider taking power naps during your lunch hour if you feel fatigue sneaking up on you. 

Comments (1)

Sue posted on: April 8, 2014

You should just remove the "at work" from the title - these are just general tips for avoiding fatigue. As a full-time worker, I'm very disappointed in this article.

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