Challenges of Balancing A Career With Psoriasis
Last updated: August 2023
Psoriasis is a chronic condition with chronic symptoms. It takes a significant toll in our daily lives - and what do we do in our daily lives? We have jobs, we work, we establish careers. Managing psoriasis on top of this, well, it's far from easy.
I have lived with psoriasis for 6 decades. That's right. Trust me when I say, I understand the challenges of balancing a job with a chronic skin condition.
You are worthy of a successful career, especially while living with psoriasis.
Psoriasis is physically uncomfortable and emotionally exhausting. I promise you, it's possible to treat these symptoms successfully while growing your career. You've already accomplished so much in your psoriasis management, professional growth is another aspect of life that you're more than capable of.
When we are open about our condition, we take back control and eliminate our personal shame. This condition doesn't have to hold you back, you are worthy of your career goals. Here are a few tips that may help you feel more comfortable at work, while being uncomfortable with psoriasis.
Managing symptoms on the job
This may be the most difficult challenge. I worked for the United State Senate for many years and had to really looked the part. Depending on the severity of your condition. You may experience pain, itching, and inflammation. This can make it difficult to focus and perform at your best level.
To manage these symptoms, it's important to develop a routine that works for you. This may include taking breaks throughout the day. I had to apply topical treatments back in the day. I also needed a few minutes to stretch and move around to reduce discomfort.
Disclosing your condition to employers and co-workers
You need to share your needs in order to receive the support and accommodation you require and deserve. I had to share, there was nowhere I went that I didn’t leave flakes behind. My psoriasis was very visible. No matter how hard I tried to cover it up. It may be helpful to disclose your condition to a trusted co-worker or supervisor.
I kindly asked for a flexible schedule for doctor's appointments, a quiet workspace to manage stress. It's also helpful to provide resources. I also had a supervisor that let me have a meeting simply to talk about psoriasis. It was hard for me to do, but I wanted to just shut down any office gossip.
Don't ever forget about self-care
In addition to managing symptoms and disclosing your condition, it's important to prioritize self-care in order to maintain a successful career with psoriasis. This may include taking time off when necessary to manage flare-ups or seeking support from loved ones or mental health professionals.
Try setting realistic goals and expectations for yourself.
Don't let psoriasis hold you back
While balancing a career with psoriasis may present unique challenges. It's important to remember that you are not alone. With the right support, accommodations, and self-care practices, it is possible to thrive in your career. You can do this while managing your psoriasis. I was what they would call an overachiever. You can’t stop me.
Remember to prioritize your needs and communicate openly with your employer and co-workers. Don't let psoriasis hold you back from achieving your professional goals. I just retired after working for 48 years, and I don’t regret a thing.
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