We see clients who due to injury or illness need to take some time off work. It can be difficult but there are some strategies to help get through a challenging time while on leave.
Taking Care of Yourself Is The Most Important Priority
For some people missing work can make them feel like they are letting others down. Treat yourself like you would treat your coworkers if they were in the same situation. People appreciate kindness and thoughtfulness. Be kind to yourself and take the time you need to restore.
Set The Pace
Pushing yourself beyond limits can slow the recovery process. Listen to your healthcare team and to what your body and mind is telling you. The pace will change as you recover but start slow and increase as you’re able to. Take your time and rest when you need to. Increase what you do slowly and as directed.
Have a Routine
Being away from work means a change in your routine and schedule. You may need more time to sleep but you may also be impacted by your household members schedules too. Create a routine to restore and relax. Try to keep a schedule that includes a sleep routine, exercise and social time. Figure out what works and create a new “normal”.
You may find yourself feeling a bit down or low in spirits. Being socially connected can really help in the recovery process. Say yes if someone offers to drop by if you are feeling up to it. Take time to chat with people you don’t always have time to talk to. Perhaps you have a friend who lives far away. It is a great time to reconnect. Having connection can help keep you feeling positive and speed up the healing process.
Being at home without expectation and a jam packed “to do” list is pretty rare for most. Read the book you’ve been wanting to read. Take time to start a meditation routine. Find new recipes and enlist others in your household to cook. This may be a chance to start something new with family members. We often think they can’t do things without our help but use this opportunity to let them grow and learn.
Remember your goal is the same as your employer. You both want to see you get back to work feeling healthy, strong and regenerated.