How did you feel when you got that email from HR, “Hey, we are opening our office doors again after X amount of time”? You must have the same feeling as we had! And if you are a new joiner then God bless you!
Going back to the office after a certain amount of time which is weirdly in years, can be overwhelming.
So we thought of helping you more prepared back to the office. Yes, a little because we are as confused as you, it is new for us too. To get you adjusted to weird is the new normal, here are a few tips-
1. Use Visualization Techniques
Mentally visualize the work scenarios that you think might be awkward for you or that can give you anxiety. Imagery is used to cope with anxiety-provoking situations. When you do this, it’ll help you gear up emotionally. Do a dry run, visit your office before your official start date; look around, sit at your desk things have changed a lot in a year, so don’t expect things to remain the same.
2. Update your Workspace
It is time to revamp your workspace! The one that you have been thinking about before Covid… As you have been working from home for a year or more, your office or cubicle represents the old you. Add some new framed photos of your loved ones and make your environment more inviting and comfortable.
Declutter your workspace because working in cluttered spaces can make you feel overwhelmed. So, clean out your drawers and throw away old files and paperwork that you don’t need. You might also want to stock your desk with things that can relieve stress, like a stress ball or a calming essential oil diffuser.
3. Establish a Sleep Schedule
Since you’ve been working from home, chances are that you are accustomed to a more flexible schedule and might be waking up late, and you might have started taking afternoon naps; at least a week or two before your return to work, establish a more structured sleep schedule.
On your days off, it’s easy to fall back into old habits, but consistency is the key. Observe the same time each day for waking up, eating, and going to bed. You will have difficulty adapting to a new schedule for even one day if you go back to your old schedule.
4. Reach out for support
We’ve all experienced a traumatic year, so it shouldn’t be surprising that returning to work triggers mental health issues like depression or PTSD. You shouldn’t put pressure on yourself to perform at pandemic levels right away. If you are experiencing intense anxiety, reach out to your coach or mental health professional.
Don’t hesitate to speak to your boss about burnout. Getting back to the new routine will take time so just be patient.
It can be overwhelming when you’re returning to work full-time or a few days a week. Think of the positive changes, such as improved productivity and social interaction. It is possible to ease the tension and make a smooth transition if you maintain a positive outlook, set personal boundaries, and practice self-care.