It’s been a long year, but things finally seem to be looking up. Vaccine distribution continues to rise as states across the US return to normal by lifting past restrictions. Employers anxious to get back to business and stimulate the economy are gearing up for employees to return to the workplace. Though this is good news in general, it’s normal to feel a bit apprehensive.
Just as remote working was an adjustment, transitioning back into the workplace will take time. Whether you’re going back to an existing place of employment or looking for a new job, you’ll have to factor in everything from household schedules and commutes to job availability and passing a job background check.
While all of these considerations are essential, your emotional well-being should be a priority. If you’re going to cope with the many changes ahead, you want to be at your best. Here are some tips to help you prepare to return to work in 2021.
Talk To Your Family
Going back to work post-pandemic will have the most significant impact on your family. They’ve come to rely on you and appreciate your presence in more ways than one. When the world seemed to be falling apart, you and your family managed to create a way of life and a safe haven to weather the storm. Now, you’re about to venture back into the world of business as they adjust to the new normal.
Leaving your family to go back to work post-pandemic won’t be easy for anyone, but the best way to start coping with these emotions is to communicate. Talk to your family about what they’re feeling. Allow them to express their concerns and provide answers as honestly as you can. Finally, discuss any changes to daily routines and schedules once you return to the workplace.
Reduce Media Access
There’s so much information out there about the coronavirus pandemic and other chaotic events going on in the world. Although keeping up with current news is essential, too much exposure to negativity can damage your mental health. You hear about new strands of the virus, complications with vaccinations, and increased violence and unrest among the general public, making the idea of going back to work even scarier.
Keep stress, depression, and anxiety at bay by reducing your access to the media. While watching the news or analyzing reputable websites is okay, try to keep it to an hour or less per day. Use the rest of your time reading, watching, or listening to positive, inspiring, or motivational content that helps ease overwhelming emotions or builds on personal development.
Create A Plan For Work
Feeling a loss of control can increase your anxieties about returning to work in 2021. There are so many uncertainties that your mind becomes fixated on the “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios. It begins to weigh so heavily on you that you’re unable to concentrate or complete your assignments. Although there’s no way to ensure that going back to the office post-pandemic will be seamless, you can ease the mental pressure by creating a plan.
Find out what precautions you’re employer is taking to safeguard employees and customers. Consider whether or not you want to get vaccinated to reduce your risks. If you’d prefer to work from home or a hybrid schedule, ask about the requirements. If returning to your brick-and-mortar location is the only option, you can protect yourself by purchasing face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer to keep at your workstation.
The threat of the coronavirus is weakening, and the economy is on a decline. As such, federal and state officials are doing everything they can to return to life as usual. One of the most significant changes is reopening businesses and deeming it safe for workers to return. Though fantastic news for the unemployed or underemployed amid the pandemic, going back will take an emotional toll. Using mental preparedness tips like those provided above can help make this transition more manageable.