By Janita Kapoor
As business comes surging back and companies look ahead to life after the pandemic, soon many will be heading back to the office.
Just when everyone had started getting accustomed to balancing professional and personal life at home, going back to office can now seem like a huge challenge and for many the transition of working from home to working from office has been marked by stress, anxiety and hesitation, hence it is essential to take the right steps to make this switch as seamless as possible.
As our dot team now gears up to shift into a more regular office schedule, we wanted to share some top tips on transitioning back into the office.
1. Change your mindset back to getting into a routine by beginning your day the right way.
Setting up a structured morning routine that works for you can help you start your day on the right note. If you like to plan things out, pick your outfit for the day, have a nutritious breakfast, and set the coffee maker the night before. You could also take some time out for yourself in the morning for self-care—even five or ten minutes can set you up for success. Practice mindfulness with morning meditation, journaling, stretching, or setting intentions for the day.
2. Maintain a positive outlook.
Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. It just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. Using mindfulness practices you can avoid fear-based thinking and replace them with positive affirmations. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.How can I remember to be mindful throughout the day? – Help Center (headspace.com)
3. Get moving.
Incorporating physical activity in your daily life not only has many health benefits but it also helps with better sleep & elevated mood, both of which are great to reduce stress. It could be anything from walking, swimming or hitting the gym as long you enjoy doing it.
4. Dress the part.
Working from home gave us an opportunity to loosen up that professional look. Now that you are going back to the office, make sure your clothes fit and you feel comfortable in them and you are looking your best. Take time to put yourself together in the morning. This can improve your mood, confidence, and feelings of self-esteem.
5. Meal prep to save time.
Meal prepping is the concept of preparing whole meals or dishes ahead of schedule. This is particularly popular amongst busy people because it can save a lot of time. Having pre-prepared meals on hand can also reduce portion size and help you reach your nutrition goals. Prep your meals on weekends and this will leave you feeling stress free through the work week.
6. Delegate and access support.
Maybe you’ve taken on more responsibilities while working at home. Before you jump back in, create a to-do list and ask yourself, “Am I the best person to do this? Am I the only person who can do this? Do I enjoy doing this? Is this worth my time?” Outsource tasks you don’t enjoy, when possible. Identify where you need help, including emotional support, and ask for it.
7. Don’t be too hard on yourself
Try to keep things in perspective. Before heading back to work, mentally scan for any expectations you may have & mindfully let them go. Try and cultivate an attitude of openness, this will help you be more flexible & adaptable through the process of change and transition.
When we started with the pandemic experience, shifted to work from home, the lockdowns, isolation and quarantine, we took time to adapt to it. But we were able to do it. Similarly, going back to work, we must understand that we will take a little bit of time. One day at a time should be the mantra to keep stress at bay and by talking to people you’ll realize we are all in the same boat.