When do you know you're ready to go back to work?

I don’t know if I will be able to get my weight down if I don’t go back to work. I’m not as smart as I used to be and my memory is really terrible but I might be able to handle a mundane job. I just wish I was sure I could handle the stress without going off the rails again. It’s been about 4.5 years since I left work. What are your ideas/stories?

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I am trying to go back to work too. I haven’t worked since 2014. I don’t know if I will be able to do it but I can’t get anyone to hire me.

I have probably applied for 100 jobs since I finished school in May but so far nothing. I got one interview in Arizona but my wife says we can’t move there so I have been applying to everything I think I am qualified for in the Florida panhandle on the Gulf Coast.

I applied for a mortgage to buy a house in Florida today so I hope I find something. My lease isn’t up on my rental but if I find a job I am going to move early.

Good luck to you

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i have never had a job before but i think i might try to get one maybe next year because i dont do anything

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wow, that seems like it would be discouraging. I’m impressed that you keep on trying. What kind of job are you looking for? I was thinking I would just go be a cashier, but I feel so uncomfortable around people it might stress me out a lot.

I am tying to get a job in the aviation industry or with the federal government.

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Can you try volunteering?

I tried working and well it didn’t turn out so well. It was my mistake going back to work.

Now I still believe I am much more capable. I love working! Just the stress that comes with it…

@MissMermaid I think all of the volunteer jobs are filled up with the CalWORKs people here. I live in a town with 3000 people (the county seat) and 50% are on assistance I would bet

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I haven’t worked in 21 years and no one will hire me so it is a moot question. I work at a volunteer job. That’s good enough for me. Besides, I’m only a few years away from retirement age anyway.

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You are ready to go back to work when you wake up in the morning and want to go to work.

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@chordy okay I’m not ready then. Thank you

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I’m trying to get a job to

@Manonmoon where have you been applying?

I’ve gone through my disabilty agent. It’s hard saying I’m a sick person.

Oh I don’t have an agent, how do I get one?

You know you’re ready when you can spend all day doing the activity you are applying for without a problem and you feel you can do it many days a week repeatedly.

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My husband fired the office manager today so I have to work whether I like it or not. I was only working part time but it will have to be full time for me until we find a new office manager.

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It’s hard at first but gets better and even can be rewarding and good for recovery. I wasn’t ready to go back but did a lot of recovery on the job.

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When the pressure in my head is satisfactorily low, to where I feel relaxed when reading technical material. Getting there gradually.

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This is my goal as well. As soon as I feel good and confident to go start applying I have a night of chaos that sets me back. I love working and have since I was small. It’s the social interaction thst has me worried

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I worked at old navy seasonally, it was such a horrible experience, i felt like walking out every shift. I am doubtful i can ever go back to work, was bad as it gets.

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