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Finding the motivation to return to work after your injury

A work injury can cause you to question your ability to return to your former job responsibilities. You may feel anxious wondering if the same injury could happen again, or anguish over a lack of confidence after your experience.

With waning motivation, the probability of returning to work could look pretty unlikely. However, taking proactive measures to find and maintain motivation throughout your time off can optimize your recovery and encourage excitement about getting back to work.

The power of goal setting

Setting goals is an excellent way to maintain your motivation and remind yourself of what requirements you must meet to return to work. You can collaborate with your doctor and your employer to identify realistic goals for your recovery. In some circumstances, your employer may suggest alternative responsibilities or modified tasks that allow you to return to work as quickly as possible. As you continue to heal, you can slowly transition back to the normal pace and routine of your typical work duties.

Celebrate your accomplishments along the way. Focus your goals on things you can control. When you participate in rehabilitation, perform your exercises with tenacity. You may not have control over when you return to work, but your consistent and focused effort in therapy can reduce the time you are not working.

The potential for new opportunities

If your injury was so severe that you have permanent disabilities, it may not be possible for you to return to your former job. According to Select Health, even in these circumstances, you can maintain motivation through the exploration of alternative opportunities. Consider other jobs you could do with your disability and that appeal to your interests. With the help of workers’ compensation, you may turn to your employer for help identifying other job possibilities.