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Eight Crucial Tips to Follow When Getting Back to Work After a Mental Breakdown

To keep our mental health in shape, its always necessary to take a break from work. After all, you are what you mind is right? 

However, one of the toughest challenges a person deals with is  getting back to work after having a mental breakdown.

Once you think you are ready to work again, follow these steps to make your transition easier and also it will enable you to maintain your mental health in shape. Check out these expert tips suggested by mental health experts and advocates.

1) Don’t hesitate to get the help from professionals

You might be tempted to do all by yourself, however having the right knowledge and getting help from mental health professionals, like psychologist or psychiatrist, can be crucial for you to continue functioning at a level where you are ready to work.

For instance, Gabrielle Loehr, the founder and CEO of “Mindful Living Today”, still takes prescribed medication and works along with the life coach. Loehr makes sure to incorporate this in her routine as part of the self-care process. 

2) Focus on the positive.

It is important to think about your future goals and focus less on what happened to you in the past. Always remember your past should be left behind and it has nothing to do with your present. Loehr always tries to focus on the important areas of her life versus stressing herself out by thinking about the hurtful situations which she has gone through.

And so, one of the main goals of her coaching company is to spread more and more kindness and deliver actual solutions to help prevent individuals with mental health problems from suffering as much as she has also suffered in her past.

3) Take care of yourself.

There are a number of ways to accomplish this. You just have to realize that you are not acting selfishly by taking care of yourself, said Loehr. But normally what happens is people, mostly women, always put others first and forget about prioritizing themselves.

Some of the most essential options for self-care are getting enough slumber, eating healthy and nutritious foods like high-quality protein-rich foods and vegetables, doing a workout on a regular basis, and being in touch with your friends and family.

4) Keep your mental health private at work.

Maybe your co-workers might ask questions when you return back, but it’s your right to keep all personal details private, according to the Candice Conroy, a mental health therapist at “Let’s Talk! Counseling and Services”.

Remember that it’s important to maintain healthy boundaries. Now, this may include deciding when and how to share information about yourself with co-workers, particularly about the whole crisis experience.

5) Start the work process gradually.

Pressure and stress may have been the trigger point for your previous mental health breakdown. “Get easy this time when you get back into work”, said Conroy. You can do this by setting rational time limits at workplace between you and your boss.

6) Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Conroy revealed that most of the time, crisis tend to happen because the person feels overwhelmed, helpless, alone, and powerless. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your family, friends, or to a support group to share how you are feeling.

7) Maintain a healthy work-life balance

If you prioritize your work it means you’re probably spending many hours in the office. Unfortunately, work might take over your thoughts to a certain level where your mental health is put on a back burner, said Conroy.

Make sure you make– “me”– time and avoid a work-life imbalance, which can set off a new mental health issue.

8) Don’t get off your medication just because you’re feeling better

If you are taking medication to help keep your mental health in check, it can be tempting to go off drugs once you are feeling better.

But, it’s necessary to talk to your mental health expert before making any sudden changes to your medication, said  Conroy.

Bad symptoms may come back soon if you avoid taking medication, which might become overwhelming, and sometimes can lead to another crisis.

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