Working as Distraction

I’ve recently decided to go back to work, on a limited basis. I’m doing so for several different reasons, in fact. Attempting to ease some of my ongoing financial stress is certainly an important reason for working, but it’s not the only one.

Being able to use my educational training is very rewarding. I have genuinely missed being in settings where my advanced training and clinical experiences are more fully utilized.

No, returning to work does not mean that my medical problems are any less severe at this time. However, I’ve already begun to notice that I am experiencing a much needed distraction from thinking about the impact of my multiple chronic illnesses.

My attention is being re-directed, and my focus is temporarily shifted to other areas of concern. This was, without a doubt, one of the reasons why I previously continued to work as long as I did, on a full-time basis.

I have no delusions about thinking that I am capable of working full-time again, as much as I might still entertain fleeting thoughts of wanting to be able to do so. Still, returning to work has already begun to reap emotional rewards.

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