Tips for returning to work after isolation

6 ways to ease back into the workplace after COVID-19

After spending so much time at home, it’s pretty normal to feel a little nervous about returning to the office. We’ve got some handy tips that we hope will help you make the transition just a little easier.

It’s been a pretty crazy year to say the least, and the next dip in the 2020 rollercoaster is the challenge of heading back into work. After spending so much time at home, it’s pretty normal to feel a little nervous about returning to the office five days a week. We’ve got some handy tips that we hope will help you make the transition back into your ‘old’ life just a little easier.

Maintain a mentally healthy workplace

Keep a mentally healthy workplace

While many workplaces are making efforts to ensure there’s plenty of hand sanitiser, masks and extra cleaning taking place to keep a COVID-free office, it’s important to ensure your workplace is mentally healthy too. While unfortunately many have lost their jobs due to COVID, some companies are under the pump more than ever before, and that pressure often falls onto the employees.

Ensuring that you’re not working extra long hours every day can help prevent burnout and loss of job satisfaction, as well as keeping you in a positive mental state. Don’t forget that taking breaks is important too, whether it’s your morning coffee catchup with a colleague or a 15-minute walk in your lunch break. Your mental health is just as important as your physical!

Keep a few work from home days, if possible

Keep a work from home day if possible

After the last few months of working from home, the thought of going back to early alarms and strict work routines can seem daunting. As most workplaces now have the facilities set up to allow employees to work remotely, some companies are allowing them to continue to work from home a day or two a week. Taking advantage of this option can help you to ease back into the workplace a little smoother and take some of the pressure off.

Settle into a routine again before your first day back

try to get into a routine before returning to work

Waking up at the time you need to get into the office, eating meals at the same time each day and getting to bed early can all help ease you back into your old workplace routine. Doing this a week before you’re due back in the office can also help prevent you from feeling super sluggish on your first week back, and help you have a fresh start, ready to take on the world again.

Boost your immune system with food to stay healthy

citrus fruit is a natural immune system booster

If food is the fuel for your body, you want to make sure you’re putting in the best fuel you can, right? Not all foods are made equal, and in fact, the best foods for your body are the ones that aren’t ‘made’ at all, but rather grown naturally. Some well-known immune-boosting foods are citrus, garlic, ginger and turmeric, but others you might not know about are spinach, broccoli, capsicum and almonds. Our Immune Boosting Kumara Curry is full of amazing plants, roots and spices to keep you feeling happy and healthy, plus it’s downright delicious.

Communicate any concerns you may have to your employer

Talk to your boss about any concerns about returning to work

Workplaces around Australia are implementing COVIDSafe return to work plans under the guidance of government recommendations and will be communicating that to their employees. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have questions. If you’re worried about returning to work for any reason, whether it be COVID concerns or otherwise, talking to your employer can help ease any anxiety you might have. Chances are, if you’re worried about something, other employees at your workplace are too!

Try to keep any positive self-care habits

try to keep any hobbies you've picked up during isolation

Isolating in our homes for a few months has caused many people to self-reflect and prioritise what’s important to them. From spending more time with loved ones to falling in love with old hobbies all over again, try to keep these positive habits as part of your routine even after returning to work. 

If you’ve managed to establish a healthy or plant-based diet while in isolation, stress not about maintaining that. With Soulara’s delicious meals delivered to your door, that breakfast during the morning rush, quick lunch or late dinner can still be delicious and nutritious, and ready in two minutes. There’s so much to think about when returning to work, but your nutrition doesn’t have to be one of them.

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Published: 03/07/20

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