When taking all of the nuances of adjusting to a “COVID normal” work routine into consideration, it’s understandable that some of us are nervous and overwhelmed about more change. One of our Help Centre counsellor’s Emma tells us how we can be gentle with ourselves during this adjustment period. Here are Emma’s top tips which we’ve found most helpful!
1. Acknowledge your emotions
Humans are creatures of habit; we like routine and consistency. This is why change is hard. The unknown can bring up feelings such as anxiety, fear, uncertainty, dread, curiosity. It takes time to adapt to change.
The more we push away negative emotions, the stronger they can become. Try to acknowledge these feelings are normal when adapting to a change, allow them, and sit with them.
2. Managing anxiety
Focus on what is within your control (your own hygiene practices for instance) and try to let go of what is outside of it (the behaviour of others).
3. Plan ahead
Being prepared in advance can help you avoid potential stressors in your day, for example:
4. Keep your good habits/routines
If you developed some habits or routines while working from home that have benefited your mental health, try to keep these up, for example:
5. Look for the positives
Situations are rarely black or white, all good or all bad. Even if you are feeling overwhelmed about the return to work, try to look for some small things you are looking forward to (for example, seeing colleagues, having a clearer separation between home and work life).
6. Ask for support
Seeking help via SANE Support
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