Dealing with Work Stress and Staying Sober

 Coming back to work after going through medically supervised alcohol detox, drug recovery treatment, and long term rehab in Florida, you can be sure anyone would be apprehensive, even scared. So don’t feel bad when you’re not jumping up and down as you leave rehab. It can be scary to get back out there into the stresses of everyday life. This is especially true if you have a stressful type of job.

 

How can you help yourself make it through the stress that will be waiting for you when you return to your office, or shop, or wherever you work? Here are some ways you can prepare yourself for success.

 

  1. Know your triggers. Be honest with yourself about what ticks you off. Know your limits too. If you let your job take over your life again when you’re back from rehab, it could spiral you right back into addiction. Be sure you’re setting up healthy boundaries around your triggers.
  2. Take care of yourself. By getting enough rest every night – six to eight hours minimum. Getting quality rest will assure that your brain is at its top performance. This is one of the best ways to make sure you can be in your right mind as you filter through the stress and impact of your workplace.
  3. Stay fed and hydrated. If you eat right, that means frequent and balanced nutrition, and you keep your body hydrated, remember water makes up 70% of your body, you will be protecting your cognitive functions and your ability to process difficult situations. When your basic needs are not met, it is impossible for your body to focus on less concrete concerns. Keep yourself health and you’ll be able to succeed more often in complicated situations.
  4. Keep a lucky charm nearby. One last trick is to take a small meaningful object in your pocket. Make it something that reminds you that you are loved. That you are special and cared for. Make it something that reminds you that you are strong and capable of withstanding pain and stress. Some people use dice, or a small item a loved one gifted them. You could use a piece of jewelry, a family heirloom. Make it something that reminds you of the best parts of you. Keep it in a pocket and when you feel the stress coming, put your hand in your pocket, hold your lucky charm, and breathe. Remember you are okay. You can do this.

 

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