Staying Active on Dialysis
Life on dialysis doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stop working or drastically restrict activity. In fact, there are plenty of advantages to staying on the job or being active and productive in general. Staying busy and engaged while on dialysis can be a great way to thrive and succeed—not to mention retain a little normalcy in your life.
6 Benefits to Being Active
People who work, volunteer or stay involved in activities while on dialysis may have:
- Improved self-esteem
- Increased physical activity
- Heightened mental stimulation
- More socialization
- Continued income from employment
- Greater personal satisfaction
Pursue your interests—and some fun
To reap the benefits of staying active, consider getting involved with hobbies or groups that mean something to you. If you belonged to a social or church group in the past, reach out and reconnect. Look into hobby groups like knitting, painting or supper clubs in your area. Start a book club. Volunteer for a cause that’s important to you. Check out your local senior or community centers for classes or activities.
Balancing life, work and dialysis
Whether you’re working, volunteering or simply living actively, you can find ways to balance the demands of life and dialysis. If you are working and want to continue working, ask your doctor or social worker for advice on ways to balance your work and treatment.
Working or having a busy schedule may also impact the type of treatment options you will need to consider. For example, if you work during the day, you may wish to dialyze at night, in the comfort of your own home or at one of our dialysis centers. Talk to your doctor about the right treatment for your health and your lifestyle.