As the restrictions start to ease and the roadmap for lifting lockdown continues to unravel, it’s almost certain that if you haven’t already, you’ll be returning back to business and your workplace very soon, and with that in mind I’m sure you’re feeling all kinds of emotions… with lots to think about!
How we’ve lived our life this past year, through a global pandemic and in a national lockdown has undoubtedly affected us all, and in so many different ways… So if you are feeling a little worried, and/or anxious about the thought of returning to work and things getting back to ‘normal’, then remember that this is absolutely to be expected and you are not alone!
Although we are all going through the same storm, we are not all the same boat… And that’s ok!
What we must firstly remember is that the threat of Covid-19 is still very much present, and although restrictions are easing and a little normality is being restored, we must all ensure that we play our part, and are responsibly taking all the necessary precautions to keep us all safe, and help manage our mental health and wellbeing within the coming months.
As you begin to prepare to return back to business and to what no doubt will be a very different workplace than the one you know, the following tips may help provide you with some tools and ideas to help release some of the worry and stay mentally healthy over the coming months of this new transition.
Planning & Preparation, Prevents a… You get the message!
Think about what changes may have been made to your workplace
If you haven’t yet been informed of what changes have been put in place, reach out to your manager who will be able to advise. Finding out in advance will help prevent any surprises when you do return, and this also provides you with an opportunity to raise any concerns or questions you might have.
Plan for your work day the night before
Decide what you will wear and lay out your clothes, prepare your dinner, pack your bag, enjoy a long soak in the bath (or whatever you do to help you chill out), have an early night and set your alarm a little earlier than usual. Doing these things will no doubt make your morning run a lot smoother and therefore start your day right!
Ensure as soon as your alarm goes off, you have a good morning routine in place, and you stick to it! A good morning routine allows you to start your morning with intention, rather than letting the day run away from you. Having a morning routine is said to boost happiness, increase productivity, reduce stress levels and get you grounded and settled for the day… It’s all about getting started on the ‘right foot’!
Take Each Day As It Comes
Take it easy as you adjust to the new normal within your workplace. Don’t go from 0 – 100 and think that you will be able to return to, and perform at your highest standard on the first day, maybe even the first month… You may have been working from home this whole time, but getting back into a routine will take some getting used to, and you may become a little overwhelmed. This again is perfectly normal, so don’t beat yourself up if you are unable to return to 100% straight away!
Look Out For Each Other!
We don’t always understand what each other is going through, and everyone is dealing with the current situation and their personal life in a way that suits them, so just remember that it’s nice to be kind to yourself and others!
Enjoy being back in the office! As daunting as the first few days may be, being back in the office is a good thing. We’ve spent a lot of time within our little bubbles this past year and with the same people, so enjoy speaking to others, communicating face to face, building new relationships, learning new things and importantly getting back to being YOU!