How long does it take to rebound from severe shock at work? Old people are expected to die, 17-year olds are not How long does it take to rebound from severe shock at work? Things happen that shock the heck out of us. Blind sided. Stunned. Recovery within minutes sometimes. Or maybe a day or two. Sometimes longer. Yeah, definitely longer. Next Blog By jeff noel Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites. View all of jeff noel's posts.