During the pandemic, many of us were lucky and able to transition from our offices to working from home full-time. While, in the beginning, that felt like a huge transition, the thought of returning to the office may actually feel more daunting. After all, transitioning back into the office will eliminate the opportunity to throw in a quick load of laundry, or head out for a run on our lunch break. Many people feel anxious at the thought of commuting to work again, battling rush-hour traffic in the morning and evening. And still more people dread the idea of wearing anything other than the new casual dress code we have all grown to love.
As we begin to transition back to “normal,” we must make sure we are taking care of ourselves and addressing these anxieties:
Transitioning Back Into the Office
Instead of going cold-turkey back into the office, see if your supervisor or HR Department can come up with a transition plan with you. Maybe a plan can even be implemented over the course of a few months, to slow the transition back “business-as-usual.” This can help ease the stress or anxiety of attempting to jump head-first back into office life as it was pre-pandemic. Perhaps you can explore working from home part time, or making other adjustments depending upon your line of work.
How did the extra time gained by working from home improve your work-life balance? What are some alternatives to working from home full-time that your company might be open to? Evaluate your personal wants and needs and try to come up with a plan to present to your supervisor or HR Manager. Approach them with a solution-focused plan, rich with suggestions instead of complaints to help frame your potential plan in a positive light instead of a negative one. Genuinely reflect on a compromise that feels reasonable and that takes care of you and your employer.
As the world has experienced this collectively stressful experience, a lot of information around self-care is floating around the internet. How can you care for yourself and your mental health? What activities or routines help you to feel balanced and rejuvenated? Being in the office may minimize the time you have for self-care…are there small acts of self-care you can infuse into your day? Can you take a short walk from your office to clear your head? Is there a nearby park you can visit? Can you build in time to be social? Can you transition to a stand-up desk? Brainstorm small acts of self-care and find space in your day to build them into your routine. Find what works for you!
Transitioning back to the office after such a heavy year will not be easy, so make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your mental health.
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Contact our ketamine infusion therapy center today for a free consultation, or simply complete the brief form below and a member of our clinical team will reach out to answer your questions and address your concerns.