Returning to Work Anxiety
With many people returning to work, a great number of them may be feeling anxiety about possibly being exposed to COVID-19 or simply returning to their old routine after months of working from home. Here are some tips to ease your anxiety as you prepare to return to work.
If possible, try to get back into your previous work routine at home before physically returning to work. For example, start getting up at the same time you did to go in to the office, get dressed for work as you did before, and try to stick to the routine you had when you were in the office, i.e. if you regularly took lunch at 1pm, take lunch at that same time at home.
Ensure you are getting a healthy night’s sleep. Getting enough sleep can make an incredible difference in our mood and amount of anxiety during the day. This means going to bed and getting up at a decent time. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 7 or more hours of sleep per night for adults 18-60 years old. For ages 61-64, 7 to 9 hours is recommended, and 7 to 8 hours for ages 65 years and older.
Remember to give yourself the okay to feel anxious. In times of uncertainty and changes, it’s normal to feel anxious and you are not alone in these feelings. What you feel is real and should be acknowledged, however, letting it take over your life can be detrimental to your overall health and well-being. Talk to your Human Resources department, your loved ones about your fears or reach out for professional help.
Resilience and Reinvention
As the pandemic drives our businesses to change and we adapt to “survival mode”, we now more than ever need our leaders to help us rise above and continue to grow using the two attributes of the human spirit that help us remember that we can get through this together. Find out more and learn how to harness these traits to help your business and your people thrive.