For the past year the world has suffered through countless changes that nobody could have anticipated. One of the biggest areas that we have been forced to adapt is within our workplaces - both in setting and functionality. Now that we’ve adapted to our new world, many are facing the reality of going back to work.
Here are 3 ways to make your work transition easier when you’re worried about going back to the office.
The most important thing that you can do during this time of stressful transition, is to create a self-care routine. We’ve all seen the detailed self-care routine videos on social media, but don’t feel pressured to abide by these. Make things easier on yourself by creating a routine that is practical for your life, and therefore easy to follow. Choose activities that truly cater to your needs as an individual, and do them every day.
Most of us have had to adapt to new ways of communicating, both in our personal and professional lives. As we transition back into the workplace, we must be willing to uphold open and honest lines of communication with those around us. If you are struggling, take time to reach out to those you are closest with. When you are feeling overwhelmed at work, ask for an extension on your project. Don’t keep your struggles to yourself, and instead, practice excellent communication to express your needs.
As restrictions are beginning to lift, many people are in a rush to experience everything again all at once. As exciting as this is, it is a sure path to immediate burn out. As you receive invites to work events and friend hangouts, be mindful of overexerting yourself. It’s important to maintain healthy boundaries within your professional and personal life to ensure that you are taking care of your own needs.
As we ease back into unrestricted lives, it is important that we remember to take care of our own needs. Practice open communication when you need help, and implement boundaries to keep from overexerting yourself. These practices will make your back-to-work transition much less stressful.