So we've been under official lockdown in the UK due to Covid-19 for 10-ish weeks now, and for many, it has been much longer! As we come into June, businesses are making plans to begin to re-open and with this brings a whole host of thoughts and feelings.
If you're anything like me, then you'll know that change is quite a difficult thing - it can be tiresome and stressful getting into new routines, adjusting aspects of your life and venturing outside of your comfort zone. I managed to get myself into quite a nice routine over the last few weeks, particularly taking joy in my quiet mornings with a good book and some tea, so going back to work is definitely going to be a big adjustment.
Change in life is always going to be inevitable, and I know that, so rather than fight it and bury my head in the sand, I've decided to begin to mentally prepare myself for going back to work within the next few weeks and I thought that I would share a few of my tips with you.
#1 Accept the fact that things are going to be different to how they were before covid-19. As much as we'd like things to "just go back to normal", they won't - we have to create a new normal. Every business, public area and form of transport are putting measures in place to ensure people's safety. We will still have to be careful when going out and about and be patient and understanding when having to stand in longer queues, adhere to certain rules set-out by businesses, wear protective gear if required etc, but it'll be worth it for the sake of people's safety.
#2 Include aspects of your lockdown routine into your new routine when you go back to work. I mentioned about really enjoying my morning routine and how it starts my day on a calm and relaxed note, so this is something that I'm still going to try and do when I go back to work. It'll require me having to get up earlier in the morning but if I feel that it genuinely benefits me then I will do it, even if it's only for 15 minutes each day. If you've really been enjoying working out during lockdown, keep that up when you return to work. You might have to do it a different time of the day but I bet it'd still be worth it. If you've been enjoying more time for hobbies or being creative, make time for those activities in your new routine; whether that be for 20 minutes every evening or even for a few hours slotted into Saturday afternoons.
#3 Try to get yourself into a good sleeping pattern a few days before you go back to work. I'm a bit of a night owl and during lockdown, I've been enjoying the late nights and subsequent lie-ins in the morning. This, however, is not going to swing when I go back to work and have to wake up at 6.30 in the morning. When I get the official date for starting back, I'm going to try to go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier, a few days before, just so that my body can start to get used to the new routine. This will definitely take a lot of self-control though and is probably what I'm least looking forward to lol.
#4 This one is completely up to personal preference, but forward plan what you're going to eat. I have been so much more creative and surprisingly healthy, with my breakfasts and lunches during lockdown and this is something that I don't want to change. It'll probably require some preparation and cooking the night before, but again, this is something that I will benefit from. Having a tasty packed lunch whilst at work will also be a nice little mood booster during the day.
I would also recommend bringing a packed lunch to work simply for the fact that shops will still only be letting a limited amount of people inside at one time so if you want to buy food on your lunch break, you run a high risk of long queue times.
#5 Remember that everyone is in this together and you're probably not the only one feeling the way that you are. Take comfort in the fact that this is a new experience for everyone. Businesses and companies are having to implement new safety measures that have probably never been used before, and it's going to take time for everyone to adjust. If you're worried about your personal safety or that of others, talk to your manager about your concerns but be considerate about it. Again, this is new for everyone and the best way for everyone to stay safe is by working together.
I hope these little tips will help you to adjust into your new routine once you go back to work and make the change a little easier to bare. If you have any other pieces of advice, feel free to share with me on Instagram (@shannonhollies) because I would love to know :)
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