As the world shifts from “pandemic” to “endemic” in its dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, people are beginning to return to offices in earnest in a bid to resume “normal” pre-pandemic life. As employers encourage employees to come back to the office, there has understandably been some anxiety that has accompanied this process. People have worked from home for over two years and coming back out can be a daunting experience.
With that in mind, here are 6 top tips which can support you in the process of returning to work.
Having a routine can help with anxiety management. To help with a smooth transition back to an office environment, try sticking to a healthy routine with consistent meal and sleep timings. Exercise regularly and relax just like you did while working from home.
Take frequent short breaks to rejuvenate yourself during working hours. If you exhibit signs such as shortness of breath, headaches, heaviness in your chest, raised heart rate, and body ache, consult a health care professional as soon as possible.
2. Motivate yourself with a wardrobe refresh
You may have spent the bulk of two years in loungewear or leisurewear (also known as pajamas). You may therefore face some inertia about having to get dressed and ready for work.
In instances like this, it may be helpful to look at pictures of new clothes and what you may like. A wardrobe refresh could be the kickstart you need. Start with a new outfit that will boost your self-confidence and make you look and feel good.
3. Make your workspace yours
Try to decorate the desk with your favourite pictures, flowers, motivational quotes, posters. Keep a stress ball or essential oil diffuser, and your favourite snack nearby. Make it as much yours as possible. That way, it can feel like an extension of your home office and may make it easier to return to.
4. Connect with your colleagues meaningfully
Go for a coffee with your favourite colleague and chatting can be therapeutic. Fun moments before a team meeting, breaks with conversations and banter can all help you to stay stress-free at work.
5. Remember to take me time
Resuming office work life doesn’t mean you have to give up on the activities that you like. Try to spend some “me time” by pampering yourself. Go for a massage or a hair spa, learn a new language, opt for gardening, photography, or any other activity that engages your creative self.
6. Ensure some screen-free time
Allot yourself some time away from your phone or computer, especially early in the morning and at least one hour before going to bed. Use that time in planning or making a to-do list, or simply relaxing.