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Did you recently go through an accident or illness? In today's contributed post, we explore how you can go about getting your life back on track after an illness.
Having an extended time off work can be great, but if that time has been spent in hospital recovering from a bout of illness, or having to come to grips with a new way of living following an accident or illness which left you permanently impaired - it’s not going to be an easy time.
And when you are finally ready to get back to it, it can be hard to know where to start, and what to do first.
Before you do anything, it’s time to get organized. If you’re heading back to work, figure out how you are going to be traveling there, and in what capacity you’re going to be working. Finalize any appointment dates coming up so that you can pass them on.
If you have been in contact with a solicitor over the time you have been ill, perhaps to mediate between you and work, or fighting a denial; you can fight denials, even from large companies like Aetna, but we’re getting off topic.
Contact them to let them know that your time away from work is coming to an end. And work out a routine. If you have been bedridden for an amount of time had surgery or any other procedure, then you probably have been given exercises to do to build up your strength and movability. And quite often those exercises are a three times a day deal. So get into a routine with those that you know you will be able to stick to going forward.
Starting telling the relevant people that you’re going back to work. If you have been claiming a benefit or receiving a payout from your insurance, you need to let them know that you are going to be earning again.
Talk to your boss and figure out how you are going to be performing your duties now that you’re back, and when your start date is. Let your hospital, physical therapy team and any other medical body know that you’re going to be unreachable between this time and that, due to work.
Also, take the time to be brutally honest with yourself and your boss about your new limitations. You might find that you can’t lift like you used to, or access certain rooms at the office. If you’re honest, plans can be made to accommodate everything.
Don’t jump straight back into your nine to five job. You might feel like you’re full of energy, and are chomping at the bit to get back to normality. But your body is still recovering, so you’re going to get a lot more tired a lot quicker than you used to. Ease yourself back into work, start part-time and build yourself up.
The same can be said for fitness. You might feel ready to run a 10k, but you definitely are not. You need to remember what your body has gone through and be grateful that you are ready to try, let alone do anything.