Reassessing Your Career When You Live With Chronic Illness

August 8, 2018

From a young age, I have measured my value by my accomplishments. Right or wrong, it’s been a lifelong pattern for me. I’m almost 34, and my chronic illness has prompted me to consider how much longer I’ll be able to work full-time.

For someone like me, this is earth-shattering. It has made me question not only how I’ll earn a living, but also what will be my value to society in the future.

Chances are, a lot of other chronically ill people have been on this road or will be at some point, so here are some thoughts about creating a new game plan for your career.

When to consider changing your work life

This is about much more than just quitting a job. Considering your future career options often involves a lifestyle change and can affect more than just you if you have a family (or even if you’re single).

I recently had my first multiple sclerosis (MS) relapse in seven years, and it made me slow down and reconsider some of the things I’m doing in my life, my career being at the top of that list. I have a stressful job with quick deadlines, which triggers high anxiety for me. I realized after this last relapse that I couldn’t continue in a high-stress workplace anymore. I decided it was time to move on.

The luxury of quitting altogether isn’t one many people have, so for most of us, it’s a conversation about what kind of work we can do, and how much of it we can do.

Being honest with yourself isn’t just about acknowledging a toxic workplace, it’s about coming to terms with whether you’ll work full-time, part-time, or not at all. What is your body telling you?

Read the complete article HERE on HealthCentral.


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