Strategies to deal with a critical illness
Develop day-to-day strategies to help you stay positive, to deal with the stress of having a critical illness.
Adjust your working environment:
- write down your goals at the beginning of each week
- keep track of daily tasks
- delegate tasks to key staff members
- arrange a flexible working environment that includes working from home
- if you're working normal business hours, schedule treatment at times which best suit you
- ask for text message reminders about appointments to be sent to your mobile
- make sure you schedule rest periods throughout your day and do essential business tasks at times when you have the most energy
- check with your doctor about what you should be eating and drinking at work, and if you should be exercising.
Communicate effectively to staff:
- decide how much information you want to share with your staff
- let your staff know to keep the information confidential and within the workplace, or whether they can extend it to their families and/or customers
- be prepared for staff to react in different ways — some people will be totally supportive and offer to do anything they can to help, others may withdraw
- consider encouraging staff to make suggestions as to how the business can continue to operate effectively throughout this challenging time.
Get more out of your meetings:
- arrange face-to-face meetings at your desk to conserve energy
- be prepared for meetings by listing points you want to discuss
- consider having a support person with you for important meetings
- spend time writing up key points immediately following an important meeting.
Take care of yourself:
- consider getting some ongoing, professional grief counselling
- set aside regular times to meditate
- find a mentor who has recovered from a critical illness
- keep your daily routine as simple as you can, and take it one step at a time.