It can be challenging to balance work, relationships, spirituality, and a sense of wholeness when you’re in recovery. However, if you have a supportive network of people, clinicians, and medical professionals in your life, then a work-life balance is possible during recovery. This post will go over some ways that can help you balance work and other aspects of life while you’re in recovery.
Set an Intention
A healthy work-life balance starts with an intention that you set for yourself at the start of each day. This could include meditation or breathing exercises. Your intention could be something like some positive affirmation for yourself, or you could come up with a mantra to keep you grounded.
Be kind to yourself every day. Some days are going to be more demanding than others, so it’s important to listen to the messages that your mind and body are giving you each day. If you need a short break, take one. Be honest with yourself and the things you need. You’ll need different things each day, and that’s completely fine. Early recovery involves kindness and self-compassion, so don’t forget to give these things to yourself when you need them.
Recognize Workplace Triggers
Recovery usually makes people more open and honest with themselves, and you may realize that your career isn’t helpful to your sobriety. If this is the case for you, then you have the choice to set boundaries to reduce any triggers or choose a different career. This doesn’t make you weak. Instead, it shows your inner strength because you are choosing to stay true to your recovery journey. Don’t allow your workplace to interfere with your recovery.
Make sure that your schedule still allows time for your recovery program. It could be before or after you go to work. If you feel fulfilled by attending support groups and working on your program, then the likelihood that you’ll feel confident and capable of completing a full workday will increase. It is also just as important to make time to talk with the people that are involved in your support network too. When you check in with them, you’ll feel a greater sense of community and connection with the other people in your network, and they can be there for you whenever you experience a long day.
Having a healthy work-life balance during recovery can be challenging, but it’s also exciting at the same time. You now have the chance to explore what you are capable of as a sober person in a work environment. With these tips, you will have a better chance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance during recovery.