Hi! Welcome to Day 6 of Week 5: Lifestyle. 

Today, we’re going to talk about how to deal with work and other commitments when you have SIBO

When you have a chronic illness like SIBO, it’s really challenging to take control of your health while dealing with work at the same time.

It’s important to note that you don’t have to share everything about your condition with your employer. However, if your illness is starting to affect your work, you’ll need to speak up.

Being honest with your employer about what’s going on with your health is important. Set up a meeting with your boss and let them know you have SIBO. Explain what’s happening and take it as an opportunity to educate them. 

Is your work schedule wearing you down? Try to negotiate an arrangement that will be both beneficial to you and the company. Ask your manager if they could make some adjustments with your schedule so you can take care of your own health and get work done at the same time. 

Always remember to be realistic. If at this point in time, work is causing you a lot of stress, maybe taking some time off would be better so you can focus on your health and healing your gut. 

Talking to a psychologist or a counsellor might be helpful as they can help you put strategies in place to manage yourself emotionally. Get support from your friends, family and colleagues, too. Having a support circle will reduce your stress and anxiety when things get tough.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Keep track of how you’re feeling from day to day and don’t ignore painful SIBO symptoms just to get your tasks done. If you feel sick, talk to your manager and let them know that you need to take a rest.