My name is Jason Insalaco. I have been living mentally well for over 13 years. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1 and addictions to drugs and alcohol in 1995. From 1995-2002 was a real struggle for me to keep a job for the long-term. In those seven years I’ve had every job imaginable and have lost every one of them. Why? I didn’t have a healthy routine.
A Good Recipe to Lose a Job
I know now in hindsight that I need to take my medicine at the same time everyday and get enough sleep during the night to function daily. In the first seven years of my recovery I would take my medicine when I remembered to, which wasn’t at the same time and I wouldn’t get a good nights sleep. What would happen? I would sleep through my alarm, miss work, and eventually lose my job. It was a revolving door that wouldn’t stop.
A Healthy Routine is a Good Start
What does this mean for me? Well, I needed to get on a healthy routine. I started to take my medicine at the same time everyday and get a good sleep pattern. It took time but it was good for me to be proactive about it. The result was that I had more energy during the day so I can function better. Not perfect, but better. As a result of feeling better and wanting to work, I had to choose the right job.
Choosing The Right Job
I think that when choosing a job, you need to work with your likes and dislikes. This will reveal if volunteer, part-time, or full time work is what to look for. I believe looking for a job is an extension of your personality. First, I would ask myself a few questions. Do I like to work with people? Animals? Computers? Do I like to work indoors, like an office or warehouse? Or do I like to work outdoors?
I believe that instead of aimlessly looking for a job, it is important to sit down and make a list of your likes and dislikes. This list could be a basis of where to start looking for your next job.
In closing, being a healthier you can be the momentum in getting a job. My advice is to make that list and start looking for a job that is filled with more likes than dislikes