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5 Tips to make going back to work a little easier.

Remember the good old days when the only things stressing you out about work were loud coworkers, the constantly cold office temperature, a brutal commute and annoying ringtones that went unanswered? Ahhhhh, those were the days. 

The prospect of returning to all that is strangely exhilarating, but doing it with a pandemic still around can also be nerve-racking.

If your FOMO has turned into FOGO (Fear Of Going Out), consider these five tips to making the return back a little easier:

1. A good work routine begins at home.

Leading up to your return, it may be time to avoid wearing your favorite “cozy pants” for three days in a row, and begin dressing like you normally would for work. Consider getting your body clock back on a work schedule and eating at “normal” times. 

2. Talk it out.

You’re certainly not alone if you feel nervous about going back, so don’t be afraid to voice it to your supervisor or colleagues. To give yourself a feeling of more control, ask if there’s anything you can do to help (post signs around the office, lead safety initiatives, etc.)

3. Introduce something new into your old routine.

Consider a new activity to give your mental health a boost at work. Take a 15-minute walk outside every day, do a little journaling about what it’s like in 2021 (might be fun to show your grandkids one day), or perhaps try a calming activity like origami.

4. Eat well.

We can get so wrapped up in keeping bad things out of us, that we forget to put the good stuff in. Be mindful to eat a balanced diet full of fruits and veggies. And most importantly, hydrate. All are key to improving concentration. 

5. Do what you can and whatever happens, happens.

While on the surface this may sound fatalistic, it’s actually quite empowering. Think about it…if you do everything in your power to protect yourself from COVID-19 (wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, wipe down surfaces, social distance, etc.), that’s literally the best you can do. No sense worrying about things outside your control. 

And if all else fails, you’ll still have your cozy pants to come home to.

Sources:

https://www.today.com/health/how-handle-anxiety-returning-work-pandemic-t188359

https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-how-to-beat-anxiety-when-going-back-to-work-138550

https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/coronavirus-anxiety-return-to-work-offices-reopen-covid-secure/401175