I work at a grocery store as a clerk. It is a very active job. I am constantly moving, lifting, and bending which can be difficult for someone with POTS. Here are my top tips for working with a chronic illness:
Get Up Early
I like to wake up early when I have work. This mades it so I have plenty of time to rest in between doing things. I usually start work at 8 am but I wake up at 6. This also gives me the ability to take my morning slowly. I have to take my beta blocker with food so I need to make and eat breakfast before work. I get nauseous in the morning usually due to my POTS so I tend to eat slowly and waking up early gives me plenty of time to take my time.
Wear Compression Socks
When I stand for long periods of time, blood pools into my legs and feet. Compression socks help with that by constricting blood flow to those areas. I especially liked to wear them when I had 8 hour work shifts.
Water + Electrolytes
I recommend bringing water with you to work and adding in electrolytes. I like Liquid IV and Propel packets. I find them more convenient. If possible, bring your water bottle with you and keep it in the backroom or at your desk.
Tell Your Manager
I didn’t tell my manager until the job became too difficult for me to handle. I recommend telling them at the start after you are hired though. I have a couple accommodations because I talked to my manager. First, I have shorter shifts. I only work in 4 hour shifts in a day and only work usually 12 to 16 hours a week.
Wear A Heart Rate Tracker
Wearing a heart rate monitor can be helpful to keep track of how fast your heart is beating. It also tells me when I need to sit down or rest. Usually when my heart rate on my Fitbit goes above 130 and stays there I will go have my break.
If you are asked to do something, I recommend asking questions when you don’t understand something because of brain fog or the like. When I am learning a new skill I usually ask as many questions as I can think of. I also ask my manager to repeat something if I don’t get it the first time they say what they want me to do.