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What Are Some Factors That Could Impede My Recovery in Returning to Work After Treatment?

Taking some time off work to focus on your health and wellbeing is a commendable step. Many people avoid seeking help because they fear that it will affect their professional status, but they forget that mental health is the foundation to great achievements. You’ve been working hard in your treatment program and are about to return to work – it’s natural for you to feel some apprehension, considering there may be some slight changes for you to adjust to. First and foremost, it’s important to remember that you should ease back into your business ventures slowly – going full force could cause feelings of overwhelm, which could cause you to set back your progress.

It’s always best to be aware of some of the challenges you may face in returning to work, as this will better help you prepare. A 2014 study published in the journal PLOS One sought to explore working professionals’ perspectives on returning to work after a long-term sickness or absence related to major depressive disorder (MDD). A total of 32 employees, supervisors, and occupational physicians took part in the study, and researchers found the following to be impediments to individuals’ return to work:

  • Difficult work situations – such as having a supervisor who wants the employee to leave, experiencing minor disputes within the workplace
  • Not enough support provided at work – having a supervisor that is too demanding or expects too much too soon, not receiving enough support from colleagues
  • Too little guidance at work to ensure they’re on the right track – not being given enough direction by a supervisor

Communication challenges arise in every workplace, but it can be particularly challenging to manage these nuances whilst maintaining your mental and physical recovery. In order to ensure a smooth transition, be sure to work closely with your healthcare team at your treatment center to identify your triggers and establish healthy coping mechanisms in response to when your symptoms arise. Continue to employ the routine you established in treatment, such as getting a good amount of sleep, taking breaks throughout the day, eating healthy meals and snacks, practicing mindfulness, contacting those who support your recovery and relying on them when you need it, and more.

Recovery maintenance may sound daunting, but it is simply a transition that you must adjust to. Ease back into work and continue doing everything you’ve been working so hard for in your recovery thus far, and you’ll be on your way towards living a happier, healthier, more manageable life.

If you or someone you know has struggled immensely with trauma, help is available. Call The Guest House Ocala today for information on our residential treatment programs for trauma, addiction, and related mental health issues. 1-855-483-7800