One of the biggest questions any stroke victims ask themselves during their recovery is will they ever work again. After everything you’ve been through, a return to the professional world marks a big step forward in the recovery process. Likely, any return to work won’t be the same as what you have known previously but it isn’t necessarily the end of your career. So how can you return to work after your stroke?
Before plunging back into a return to work plan, you need to be both mentally and physically prepare yourself for returning into the public domain. There are lots of things to consider but some strategies are vital to ensuring a successful transition such as:
Speak to doctors and therapists about your abilities
There is nothing more important than knowing what your limits are. Speaking to both your doctors and occupational therapists is a must as they can give you an indication of what you can and can’t do comfortably. Heed their advice and ensure you are cleared before saying yes to any work opportunity
Talk to your employer
Before returning to work, have a chat with your manager and see how they can adapt the role to suit your needs. It may be simply relocating offices or changing daily duties to help make your life easier. You could even request to work from home some days to help relieve any physical stress from commuting every day.
If you feel like you are ready to enter the world of work once again, take things slowly and don’t take on too much at once. This means there are some simple choices to make when searching for jobs such as:
Looking for jobs with reduced hours is a great way to ease back into work. Part-time hours ensure that you can slowly build up your workload without overwhelming yourself and slowly increase over time. It can also help you concentrate on your job more over a few hours rather than having to push yourself over a full working week.
When searching for a job, avoid looking for roles that are physically or emotionally taxing. Roles that are too intense will not only drain your energy but could be harmful in the long-term hindering all the progress you made coming back from such a traumatic event.
When everything is all said and done, returning to work after a stroke is a considerable achievement and makes a big step forward in the recovery process. As long as you remain medically cleared and manage your workload smoothly, then you can enjoy the professional world and climb up the ladder once again.
Your professional life is not over!
This document does not constitute the practice of medical consultation nor medical advice. Always seek the advice of your treating physician and/or specialist. If you suspect that you are experiencing symptoms of stroke, call for an ambulance immediately.