Managing Incontinence at Work
Urinary incontinence is sudden or unexpected bladder leakage that can be a result of physical stress or any number of conditions that can affect your bladder. May will experience this in their adult life and doesn’t only affect elderly people. So that begs the question for millions of people, how do you deal with incontinence while at work? Whether you’re sitting a desk all day, standing in front of a classroom full of children, or whether you up and down all day in meetings, incontinence can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing situation at work.
Consider some easy routines you can try to limit bladder leaks and stress around incontinence.
Pack an emergency kit
Having the peace of mind knowing there’s an easily accessible change of clean clothes will make you feel less stressed out about urinary incontinence at the office. If you do experience an accident you can step into the bathroom with a clean change of clothes and discreetly change. Also pack a spare set of adult diapers or incontinence pads with a plastic bag to dispose of your old product. If you have an emergency there’s always backup product to catch your next leak. While you won’t necessarily use these items, being prepared will put your mind at ease.
Wear dark clothing
You might have an all-day meeting or an introduction with a prospective client. Try wearing dark clothing, to put your mind at ease. Try a pair of dark pants or skirt. Also keep a sweater or cardigan handy to wrap around your waist if you do experience leakage. Going about day with confidence will help put your mind at ease.
Do regular pelvic floor exercises
Learn how to train your pelvic floor to prevent leaksTraining the muscles of the pelvic floor can be an effective way to minimize or prevent urine leakage. They can be activated, and training costs nothing and has no side effects, so you may wish to try this before starting other treatment methods. Improvement may not be immediate, but don’t give up. After 2-4 months training you should notice a difference.
Go to the bathroom regularly
One way to avoid accidents is to go to the bathroom at set times, whether you feel the urge or not. For example, try going every hour or every two hours. It may take a little trial and error to find the schedule that works best for you. Then you can set a reminder on your computer or phone to keep you on track.
Go easy on the coffee
Replace caffeine to improve bladder control Whether you use it to help you wake up, stay energized or you simply love the taste, caffeine is all around us. It’s in your morning cup of coffee, the soda you drink at lunch or the tea you sip in the afternoon. This is what makes caffeine the most widely consumed stimulant in the world. What many people may not know is that it is actually a bladder irritant and in turn, is associated with urinary incontinence.People suffering from bladder weakness should actually consider cutting down on caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and soda, in addition to alcohol, to help alleviate leaks.
Locate the bathroom
Have a plan for when you feel the urge to urinate at work. Incontinence can cone as sudden and unexpected surges of urine. Know your closest bathroom and don’t feel embarrassed about needing to excuse yourself to use it if you’re with colleagues. When on business trips, make sure to casually ask other office staff or know the layout of another environment. Put your mind at ease and stay focused on the important business.