The impact Covid-19 has had on all aspects of our life has been incredibly difficult to get used to. Lockdowns, restrictions and working from home have led to many of us facing additional challenges, uncertainties, and high levels of anxiety.

For those suffering or recovering from addiction, increased amounts of time at home and a change of routine can be challenging.

If you’re suffering or recovering from addiction and you’re working from home, here are our tips to help.


Maintain a good routine


Maintaining a good structure and routine in your life can be incredibly helpful for ensuring that you remain on the road to recovery.

So, in these uncertain times, make sure you create a workday routine that works for you and stick to it. From waking up at the same time and exercising before work, to taking a shower and getting dressed each day, building a routine will give you a sense of structure and purpose.

Creating a routine will also ensure that you’re keeping up with all the things that help your recovery.


Work-life balance


A work-life balance is incredibly important, especially if you are recovering from addiction. Life can be challenging and overwhelming at times and it’s important that you find the line between work and home life. This is a line that can easily become blurred when you’re working from home.

With this in mind, set boundaries for your work life and ensure that you close your laptop and enjoy your free time when your working day is done. Working longer hours can have a huge impact on your mental health and your recovery.


Make space for work


If you’re working at home for long periods of time, it’s important to create a working space away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the household. Make sure that it is comfortable, quiet and equipped with everything you need. This helps you remain focused and reduce your stress levels.

It also helps to create a physical boundary between work and home.


Don’t be afraid to ask for help


Many people working from home feel isolated and disconnected from their colleagues. However, this needn’t be the case. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean that you can’t get the support and help you need, when you need it.

If you are struggling with workloads, stress, anxiety or any other issues that are jeopardising your recovery, you should always seek help as quickly as possible. The vast majority of employers will offer the support you need to get back on track again.


Regular one to ones


Checking in with your manager and colleagues can really help to keep you on the road to recovery. Again, just because you are working from home doesn’t mean that you can’t engage with your colleagues and seek help.

Frequent one-to-ones with your manager are really important, as they give you the opportunity to discuss your performance, goals and any issues.


If you require any support with recovery and working from home, please get in touch with our team.