Once upon a time, corporate workers woke-up, got dressed for work, made their coffee, commuted to the office, and worked 8-hour days. In a post-COVID-19 world, the thought of going back to old routines may seem daunting. But for many, that reality is here. As companies push for a return to the physical office, the stress and anxiety of adjusting to a new routine can be overwhelming. Don't let the transition catch you off guard - learn how to cope and thrive back in the office environment.
Dr. Haley Perlus, Sport and Performance Psychology Ph.D. offers these tips for making the transition back to the office.
Create a routine.
Establish a new routine that aligns with your work schedule, including a set time to wake up, have breakfast, and get dressed. This will help you mentally prepare for the workday and maintain a sense of structure.
Don’t ditch the workout.
It's important not to let go of healthy habits like exercise that you developed while working from home. Exercise not only maintains overall health but also reduces stress and improves productivity.
Connect with colleagues.
As you return to the office, take the opportunity to connect with colleagues and build relationships. This can help foster a sense of community and make the workplace feel more welcoming.
Start meal prepping.
Meal prepping can be a game-changer when returning to the office after working from home. It helps save time, money and reduces stress by eliminating the need to decide on what to eat during the workday. Additionally, it can also promote healthier eating habits by enabling you to prepare nutritious meals in advance, ensuring you have access to healthy food options throughout the day.
Prioritize your mental health.
The transition can be overwhelming, so it's important to take care of your mental health by practicing self-care and seeking support if necessary. Making time for activities like meditation, exercise, and therapy can help reduce stress and promote a healthy work-life balance.
Update your work space.
Adding plants, colourful décor, and comfortable accessories like a cozy chair or desk lamp can help create a more inviting workspace. Personalizing your work area can also boost morale and improve your overall mood and motivation while at work.