How To Overcome Withdrawal Symptoms (from 8-5 Dayjob!)



I’ve been working as  full-time virtual assistant for almost 3 weeks.

How was the experience?

IT WAS PURE EXCITEMENT AND HEAVEN for the first 2 weeks and a half… then it started to slide down.

I am missing something… then suddenly this occurred to me:  I am missing the morning hustle going to work!

You know the drill, don’t ya?


The Symptoms

Hugging your pillows and begging for another last 5 minutes with the snooze button on your alarm, hurriedly doing your morning rituals, enduring the traffic, just making it barely on time, office politics, morning break and stuff.

I miss dressing up for work, putting on light blusher and lipstick, choosing the pair of shoes that goes well with my uniform, I miss Fridays when we go casual at work… I miss the girly stuff!

I miss my officemates and office buzz!

SUPER GASP!  I’m having withdrawal symptoms from my corporate job!

Whewww good that it came with early realization and awareness.


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The Cure

Here are some tips that I am using to overcome the withdrawal symptoms:

1.  Be aware!

Be conscious of your feelings and embrace it.  Hey, it’s 21 days as a VA compared to 2 decades as a government employee.  There will definitely be MAJOR adjustments in the lifestyle.

2. Focus on the BIG Why

I have reasons for making this big jump from the corporate world to the online world.  I have to constantly remind myself of my BIG why.  Find your Big Why, read motivational guru Tony Robbins, he has a guide on how you can do this.

3. Make a List of Things that You are Thankful for

I had a big AHA when I was doing this! When I feel restless, I make a list of things that I am currently enjoying.  A part of my  list looks like this:

– I am thankful that I am eating more healthy food and drinking lots of water (no more cafeteria food!)

– I am thankful that life is more relaxed

– I am thankful that I’m starting to look younger, skin is glowing (no stress and no need for glutathione!)

– I am thankful that I have time to appreciate the sunrise, feel the cool air, those simple things I did not notice before

– I am thankful that I have time to do my Morning Pages

– I am thankful that I am gaining confidence in using my MAC (I command it to read my emails!)

– I am thankful that I have time to read my books

– I am thankful that I enjoy my afternoon nap

– I am thankful to have more play time with my 4-year old nephew Sam

– I am thankful that my sons are now the ones bringing me pasalubong!

See, I can go on and on and on.  There are lots of things to be grateful for!


Now the question:  Do I still want to GO BACK to the corporate world?

NAH, I probably just miss my office friends but we can have mini-reunions right?

I do not miss it to the point that I wanted to go back. Period


The Ultimate Solution

Now, if after doing the 3 tips and you still feel uneasy, I have an ultimate solution for you:  GO OUT!

I went out straight to the Mall of Asia!  I dressed in my girly Friday stuff, walked around, enjoyed MOA for myself (hey, it’s a weekday!).  Bought some colored pens and a journal, visited my favorite stores, after 2 rounds of walking and smiling, I headed home.

Now I’m okay.


Live a Positively Awesome Life,


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Posted on January 22, 2013, in How To. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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