Coping with big life changes and stressful events used to mean going on week-long benders and binges with alcohol and drugs only to come out the other end even more stressed and even more unable to manage the situation. The unmanageability of active addiction creates so much chaos in our lives. For myself, when I was still drinking and using, I thought that was normal. I had never experienced a different way of living, thinking, acting, and coping. In recovery, managing stress and changes in life looks much different. Once the manageability of myself and my emotions came back, after much work, I was able to confront stressful situations and life changes head on.
Returning to work during a pandemic can involve high levels of stress and potential adverse mental health consequences. However, both employees and employers can take actions to mitigate the difficulties of returning to the workplace during COVID-19. Furthermore, everyone can take steps to maintain their good mental health during these challenging times.