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Relapse Prevention Tip: Avoid Social Isolation When Working from Home

A woman pauses to stretch as she works on her computer in her home office, wearing pajamas and glasses.
Working from home is usually pretty great, but it can feel socially isolating at times.


There are so many good things about working from home. There are no interruptions. You don’t waste time commuting. If you want to go for a run at 10 a.m., you can.

But it can also be lonely.

And the truth is that maintaining strong connections with others is one of the keys to recovery—and to a general sense of well-being in life. Happily, you can have the best of both worlds—a day in your pajamas and meaningful contact with other humans. Here’s how:

Get Out of the House At Least Once a Day

The easiest way to do this is to spend a few hours working from a café, library or bookstore. But you can also head to the gym or a yoga class, meet a friend for a hike, meet a colleague for lunch or even run errands.

Get a Part-Time Job or Volunteer

Imagine working two four-hour shifts a week at, say, your favorite clothing store (in fact, some people do this just for the generous employee discount). Or maybe you volunteer your time at a place where you can meet people with your same interests, like an art museum, church or animal shelter.

Schedule After-Work Social Time

For many of us, things don’t get done unless we schedule them. Plan to meet a friend to see a movie or go out to dinner.

Take a Class or Learn a New Skill

Is it finally time to learn to play the guitar or speak Italian? By making time for a new hobby, you’ll be staying social—and reaping the benefits that come from challenging your mind.

Schedule Mini Rewards Throughout the Day

This is one of the biggest advantages of working from home. Tell yourself you’ll work diligently for 90 minutes (even set your phone timer) and when you’re done, you can listen to a 10-minute podcast while taking a walk outside in the sun. Get up every 30 minutes to do a few quick stretches or jumping jacks. Eat your lunch on your balcony. Working from home allows you to do so many things that are good for you, but might be hard to do in an office setting. These aren’t activities that will connect you with other people, obviously, but they’ll let you enjoy your alone time more.

Stay Connected to Your Support Team

It’s not good for anyone to feel alone, but it’s especially important for people in recovery to remain connected. Have coffee once a week with someone who’s been especially supportive, attend a meeting, or even schedule time with a therapist.

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