Post pandemic workplace

After working from home for almost two years, most of us have mixed feelings about returning to work. We can finally be around people, socialise with friends and generally hang out. But the pandemic has left its stain on that; socialising and being around people has become stressful. Leaving the safety of the little bubble we’ve created at home and returning to a busy office can cause some anxiety. Unfortunately for most of us, we don’t have much of a choice. We have to go out and face this new “post” pandemic world or more accurately, survive this current climate. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself and everyone around you safe and make this transition easier.

At the workplace:

  • Try and ease into your schedule by going to work once or twice a week initially before slowly increasing this (if your organisation allows it). It can be a lot to take in all at once. Work out a plan with your boss so you can gradually get back into being at work.
  • If you’re uncomfortable shaking hands, you can always politely refuse and opt for bump fists, elbows or even just nod hello insead. You can make it clear that you’re practising social distancing.

For your mental health:

Going back to the office can be daunting after spending so much time away. It’s crucial that you take time to mentally prepare.

  • Start adjusting to what your new routine may be. This often is a change in your sleep schedule to include travel time, your meal prep and general schedule for the day. Plan your meal times and break times as you would once you start regular work shifts.
  • Tidy up your work space. Clean, redecorate, personalise. Anything that will make you more comfortable being there.
  • Upgrade your wardrobe. A well put together outfit, knowing you look good in it, can work wonders on your mind too.

For your physical health, continue to take precautions:

  • Wear a mask when you’re in public at all times
  • Sanitise and wash your hands if you touch anything in a public place
  • Practise social distancing – try and avoid crowded rooms and close quarters if you can
  • Take your vitamins and make sure you’re getting your necessary nutrients by ensuring that your meals are healthy. If you don’t have the time to cook a full meal, be sure to include healthy substitutes like the Origin Nutrition vegan protein powder. It’s 100% natural, is dairy-, nut-, soy-, gluten- and GMO-free, and is packed with everything you need to keep you healthy.

Getting back to normal can take time, don’t be too hard on yourself. This has been a traumatic experience that everyone processes in their own individual ways. Take it one step and one day at a time, until it eventually starts feeling normal once again.