Returning To Work

I wish you well as you return to work. Should you recognise that you need more assistance with coping strategies and further support please contact me.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means life has changed for us all.

If you are in the process of returning to work, I am sure that you will have very mixed emotions, thoughts and feelings. You may feel overwhelmed, anxious, worried, sad or even excited to see each other. It’s important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently to situations. These are usual responses to uncertainty, challenging and changing times.

I wish to reassure you, that these feelings will pass as you begin to initiate a new normal for your colleagues; but this will require patience and a great deal of respect that everyone will have their own thoughts and uncertainties.

It is important therefore to recognise in yourself if you are feeling anxious, maybe upset or tearful and that someone you work with may feel that way too. Once again, this will pass, but it is vital to acknowledge this and reassure those around you that this is a perfectly normal response.

Social distancing is about physical distance and not emotional distance so therefore connecting with others, sharing your worries and helping others to do the same are all part of being a valuable member of staff and team player.

Remember to keep the big picture in mind. The crisis will end and we will get through this. However, there are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during this transition. Doing so will help you think clearly, and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you are working with and care about.

It may take some time to create a new work/homelife balance but routine is particularly effective at warding off anxiety and worry. I shall be following this up with further advice once you establish a new routine and new normal.

One simple thought for today is don’t try to be a perfectionist. Avoid setting unrealistically high standards for yourself or others!

Be modest, set reasonable standards, and know both your limitations and those of others. When you do this, you will reduce stress all round and even encourage greater success.

Also, keep a sense of humour. When you laugh​, even if something goes wrong, you will relieve tension and brighten your mood and those around you too.

I wish you well as you return to work. Once again, should you recognise that you need more assistance with coping strategies and further support please contact me.

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