Working with Health Issues

Working when you are unwell is difficult. Even working with a cold or other mild illness can be tricky, as you are tired and uncomfortable. But, working with a more serious and long-term condition can be much worse. However, most people that are struggling with chronic illnesses have to work. They can’t afford to take too much time out, and health care costs just make this worse. They might worry that even if they took a little time off, they’d lose their jobs. 

But, if you are trying to work while suffering from health issues, you might have experienced pain, emotional problems, symptoms that affect your ability to do your job, and even discrimination. It can sometimes seem impossible. But it doesn’t have to be. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you can do to make working when you are unwell more bearable. 

Let People Know

It’s important to let your manager know. They might be able to accommodate your needs better, but you need to give them a chance. If you are suffering from hearing loss and need to learn more about affordable hearing aids, there might just be a period of adjustment, which your manager should be happy to make allowances for. 

A more serious condition might need further allowances, but you should still tell them. Your manager can help you by offering more flexible working conditions, allowing you time off when you need it, understanding and offering you the support and changes to your role that you need to get through the days.

You might also want to tell other colleagues. While your illness is your personal business, and you aren’t under any obligation to tell anyone, it can help to have more understanding and support in the workplace, when you are away from friends and family. 

Look at Treatment Options

We’ve usually got more than one option when it comes to treatment. While there might only be one option when it comes to medication, you might be able to supplement it with massage, stress relief, meditation, yoga, and other more holistic therapies. 

Don’t rule anything out, keep an open mind and try alternative treatments, while always taking advice from your doctor. 

Keep Otherwise Healthy

A health issue doesn’t have to mean that the rest of your health suffers. It’s often the other illnesses that make work impossible. You might be managing day to day, working through pain or other symptoms, then you are struck down with a bad cold, and it all gets too much. 

So, make sure, whatever you are going through, you look at ways to boost your immunity and stay otherwise healthy. 

Work from Home

Could you do your job, or perhaps a slightly different role from home? More people than ever are working remotely, and making work tasks can be done from outside of the office. Speak to your manager about the possibility of working from home, at least some of the time. This can ease the pressure on your body and help you to manage your symptoms. 

Confide in a Close Work Friend

If you have a close friend at work, or someone in a similar situation, confide in them. You might want to put a brave face on, to make things easier, but it’s always wise to have someone that you trust. Someone that you can turn to if you are feeling low, or that can cover for you if you need to take five minutes. It’s always nice to have a little extra support, so take it wherever you can find it. 

Look at the Positives

Working can actually help. You might need to make some adjustments, but working can get you out of the house. It can help the time pass faster, improve your mental health and give you something else to think about. Then, of course, there are financial benefits and possible insurance perks. 

Be Honest About How You Are Feeling

Putting a brave face on can be helpful sometimes. But, you should still be honest about how you are feeling and what you need. Don’t try to do more than you can. If you are suffering, tell someone and explore your options together. 

Speak to HR

If you work for a large company, you might have an HR department. Get in touch. Explain the situation and talk through your options and needs. This can offer you legal protection further down the line. 

Get Plenty of Rest

You are bound to be tired. Get rest when you need to. Try to get into a sleep routine, and take regular rest breaks through the day. 

 

Keeping Your Employees Healthy At Work

Staying healthy and happy when you’re at work can seem a bit of a task sometimes. Maybe you’ve got work to do that you absolutely hate the idea of, or it’s way too hot in the office and you can’t focus for the sweat rolling off your temples – there’s a lot of situations that make focusing on the task at hand very hard because of your physical and mental state.

But if you’re the boss of the business, and you’ve got an entire payroll’s worth of employees at hand, you’ve got to make sure they’re all feeling up to whatever you need them to do day by day. And not only that, but you need to be sure they’re protected whilst at work, and never have unnecessary hazards to contend with whilst on the shop or office floor.

Your employees are a pretty big part of your company, and you’re never going to get anywhere in the business world without a good team of people behind you! So once you’ve got through all the financial admin, and you’ve brought on an accountant to balance and protect the state of the books, it’s time to turn your eye to your staff.

What kind of working environment are you allowing to flourish? Does it place employee wellness at the center?

Schedule Proper Breaks

Your employees need to take a break, and usually, they get to take a couple per working day, which usually last 15 to 20 minutes per allocation. But if they’re going above and beyond the call of duty, and working more than the usual eight hours per day, they’re usually allowed much longer breaks, up to and including an hour. Make sure you keep these factors in mind when you’re scheduling people into the work plan for the week.

After all, you need to provide proper breaks to allow people to eat and drink away from important electrical equipment at their desk, and away from the shop floor. Give them a chance to take a breather, and socialize with their colleagues, and notice the positive atmosphere of the workplace stack up and up.

In the break room, make sure you provide a fridge so employees can bring their own lunches into work with them – they’re much more likely to eat healthily if they’ve got a way to keep fruit and veg fresh whilst they work. And remember, make sure your people take their breaks as well – they may be in the zone at the moment, but at the end of the day, they’ll be much closer to a burnout tomorrow if they didn’t take any proper breaks that day.

 

Use a Virtual Option

 

Your employees don’t want to have to miss work because of any illness or injury they come down with – hopefully they enjoy their job, and they definitely enjoy getting paid for it! But a lot of absenteeism comes from factors beyond our control, so now’s the time to try and give some of that control back to the people who make up your workforce.

Using a digital medicinal portal to promote workplace wellness is a new idea that’s coming around, but it’s one that could have a lot of use for you as a small business. Let your employees turn to their phones when they’re feeling a sniffle whilst at their desk and let a consultation come to them, instead of the other way around. Or maybe they tripped over a lost wire on the office floor, and now their ankle is aching in a couple of places – having a software on hand that allows them to ask questions about what could happen next, then and there, could eliminate any liability claim a person could make if they had no other option than to blindly work on.

Not to mention, when you allow your employees to always have a health option on hand, that they are free to turn to with no questions asked or restrictions put on them, you’re much more likely to retain the talented and skilled people who work for you. It helps to show them you care about them, and you want them to be at their best when they’re in a working environment – when an employee feels valued, they do their best work for you!

 

Offer On Site Vaccinations

The flu comes around every year, and there’s always going to be a common strain out there creeping into our bodies and blocking our throats and noses up with phlegm. And that’s a nasty state to be in when you’ve got a whole week of work ahead of you! You’re going to be sitting in close proximity with 10 to 20 other people, breathing and coughing and blowing your nose and throwing the tissues away – there’s no telling how many germs could get around that space within minutes of you turning up.

Which is why it might be a good idea to provide onsite vaccinations to your employees, to make sure they’re all getting their flu shots if they have no time to outside of the working day. It helps to keep the place you’re working in healthy and happy, and keeps the spread of germs to an absolute minimum. So, feel free to invite a doctor or a nurse to come into the office to give checkups, with free vaccines if an employee wants one; it’s a great benefit to include in the package for attracting more people to your company.

 

How Healthy is Your Workplace?

We can’t ever be quite sure we’ve got the healthiest working force known to man on our hands, but we can do our best to encourage healthy lifestyles whilst at work. Of course, there are general rules to go around, such as always wash your hands after using the toilet, and always put your rubbish in the trash can, but these alone won’t keep your employees in the prime of health. Make sure you’ve got other policies in place to help your staff out.

Why Do You Need Balanced Skin?

We frequently talk about balance in our lives. We balance our diets, balance the checkbook and try to balance our time. With all this talk about balance there is one more thing we need to balance and it is CRUCIAL. Our skin needs to be balanced too.  Why do you need balanced skin you ask? I am here to tell you.

If our skin is not balanced, it can trick us into thinking it is one thing when it is not. Although we can discuss balancing the pH of our skin, but that is not the type of balance I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk about Basic balance, which I believe to be our water-oil balance.

Healthy skin has a perfect oil and water balance, which allows skin cells to do their job naturally and effectively.

If someone asks, you which skin type you have, what would your answer be? For most people it would probably be “I’m not really sure, it might be oily or dry”. Water-Oil balance is the basis of skin type, and once your Esthetician has determined what your true skin type is, he or she can create a skin care regimen that will work FOR you and not AGAINST you.

 

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All skin requires moisture from both water and oil in order to function properly and do everything from looking and feeling great to keeping us looking younger longer. Depleted or imbalanced hydration – lacking either oil or water – is the first thing that causes our skin to become dull looking as well as increasing aging and fine lines.

So when our skin doesn’t get enough moisture either due to environmental factors, intrinsic factors or simply the wrong skin care regimen our skin becomes weak and sensitive. If we don’t have proper moisture in our skin, the skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and dehydration. When our skin is out of balance it cannot defend itself from these factors and therefore can’t heal and protect itself from damage. This can lead to common skin concerns such as rough texture, redness, dry patches, flaky skin, and even acne. When these things happen, we panic and may resort to stripping cleansers, over-exfoliation, neglect, the wrong products, or a myriad of other things we think are helping, but in fact are causing more problems. With all that said, here is what you need need to know about water vs. oil in your skin.

There is an important relationship between water and skin. When your skin doesn’t have enough water it is dehydrated. Since our bodies are composed 70% of water it only makes sense that we need it for our skin also. After all, skin is the largest organ of our body. Our skin cannot produce moisture on its own and relies on moisture from the water we drink and moisturizers we apply. Environmental factors can also increase the dehydration of our skin. Things like heaters in the winter, smoking, travel, and dry air can also dehydrate our skin.

When our skin is dehydrated it does the best it can to compensate……it creates oil. So our skin is now dry AND oily. So we feel oily and do what we think is right which usually strips the oil and makes our skin even more dehydrated.

 

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Now some people do just naturally have dry skin. Dry skin makes the least amount of its own oil. Normal skin produces a normal amount of oil and oily skin produces the most amount of oil. Age, smoking and weather conditions can cause our skin to produce less oil, and using harsh cleansers can also remove our skins natural oil. So when our skin lacks oil, that is when it gets sensitive, red, blotchy and have acne. So your skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and the dry/oily/dehydrated cycle just keep repeating!

So how can you stay balanced?

With a Skin care regimen that is correct for your individual skin!!!

Finding products with the correct ingredients for your skin type, you may need to make changes during different seasons, and use the right amount of products. Too little can keep you dry and too many can be an overload.

Sugar and Skin, a mobile spa in Suffolk Virginia (Hampton Roads), offers a Consultation and Analysis so their Licensed Estheticians can examine your skin closely and create a regimen that will be right for your skin. At a price of $35.00 if you seek treatment in their North Suffolk studio, and $55.00 if they treat you in your home, (YES, they make house calls…..so awesome!!), this is one expenditure you will thank yourself for making! During the C&A your skin is cleansed, analyzed using a magnifying lamp and Woods lamp, and a corrective mask is applied to get your skin on its way to recovery. Then it is moisturized with a product suited for your correct skin type. Make your appointment today!!