6 Benefits to Working with MS

 
Boomerang Beach, NSW, Australia

Boomerang Beach, NSW, Australia

 

Working with MS is definitely challenging, it’s definitely no walk in the park on a Sunday morning. I feel like my job has challenged me almost as much as my diagnosis and recovery have.

Because with work we have our good days or weeks but inevitably there is stress involved and as if the stress isn’t enough on us, we then have to deal with our malfunctioning bodies flaring up when the stress hits. Good. Fun!.

The pain, exhaustion, frustration and/or unsettled emotions can cause a rather annoying domino effect on our lives. A stressful week at work for me can impact my social life and friendships, my exercise routine, my relationship, travel plans, creativity, even my ability to hold a conversation or make healthy food (and stay on track on OMS) at the end of a working day. Because of this it can easily feel like we should give up working all together. But there are actually some great benefits to working with MS too, that also support healing that I want to remind you about today. I came up with a list of beneficial things (below) from my job which I feel should definitely be considered before throwing it in all-together.


  • the amount of Occupational therapy your doing

Stop right now and have a good think about the amount of occupational therapy your actually benefitting from by being at work. Things like typing, interpersonal skills, carrying out a task with speed and efficiency, communication, time management, prioritising, thinking, editing, planning, designing, writing, articulating, cutting, mending, fixing the list goes on and on. They say that keeping our function is the most important, the operative word being keeping. So doing things, as many different things as possible will only serve to help us in ways we may not even be aware of until we’re not doing them anymore.

  • Friendships & Connection

One of the things that gets me out of bed and to work every time is the great bunch of people I get to work with. After spending about 2 and a half years home alone trying to heal it was a breath of fresh air to be meeting new people and building new relationships and friendships again. My work colleagues and I all have a mutual understanding of each others stress so we support each other, there’s always someone to talk to. We also make each other laugh, joke around and pay each other out light heartedly. We try to make work as enjoyable as possible. One of my closest work colleagues is also dealing with an autoimmune disease so we instantly bonded.

  • Confidence boost

For me just getting back into the work force after my diagnosis was such a great confidence boost to my ability and the health I’d recovered. I’d worked so hard on healing and now I was back celebrating that ability and good health and providing my own income, I was on such a high for months after ticking that goal off. But even for those of you who’ve stayed in your roles through your diagnosis, when your strengths are recognised at work or your applauded for doing a great job and being an asset to the team theres a great sense of accomplishment and confidence you gain from that.

  • being challenged & learning new things

No doubt my job as been physically and emotionally challenging but being challenged is a good thing because it allows us to learn new things and grow at the same time and this is how we evolve and become better and better human beings. When your being challenged to learn something new and you do a great job and you finally nail it, there is a sense of confidence that comes with that as well.

  • Income stream & independance

The money!! the beautiful money. If you’ve had a large amount of time off to heal like I had you’ll know what it’s like when that first pay check hits your bank account. It’s such a great feeling. Having your own income from your own hard work not only increases confidence but allows for more financial freedom and independence which will make you happier. Plus your also able to contribute to bills and food etc and take care of yourself at the same time. When the money is no longer there it really limits what you can do in life.

  • it takes your mind off your situation

It was one of the biggest things I noticed about going back to work. I couldn’t believe some of the light hearted conversations my work colleagues were having. I remember at the time thinking - wow my life really has been pretty full-on and serious lately. These girls were laughing about the fun things you do in your 20’s that I’d completely forgotten about like their tinder dates or what their friends did drunk on the weekend. It was eye opening to me at the time but it made me laugh and took my mind off all the seriousness of my situation. It gives me a whole different perspective on my situation and other peoples.


6 Benefits to working with MS

  • the amount of Occupational therapy your doing

  • Friendships & Connection

  • Confidence boost

  • being challenged & learning new things

  • Income stream & independance

  • it takes your mind off your situation


So there are some great benefits to working with MS as well incase you were thinking it was all too challenging, come here and read through these to remind yourself there are positives too.

Pulling back on hours or going down to part-time could also be a much better option for you than quitting all together because you can still maintain the benefits above.

I’ve spoken to a few people working with MS and we all agree - it’s exhausting. But I feel succeeding or thriving at work is all in the management and sticking to your boundaries. What you choose to eat, drink, think, sleep routines, space for rest and self love, hours of work, whether you do over time, what position your in and whether you have toxic or positive colleagues and bosses. All of these factors contribute to the way your going to feel at the end of the day. Management is key.

Much love!

Simonne x