As restrictions are easing across the UK, many workers are allowed to return back to work. It is important to remember that everyone has had a different experience of Furlough, you maybe feeling anxious about returning and nervous about the new way of working, this absolutely normal.
Below are some simple yet effective ideas which may help you to adjust post Lockdown.
Start to put some routines into place as soon as possible. By setting your alarm clock to wake you at an earlier time and going to bed earlier, your body will start to get back into a normal pattern.
It may have been quite a while since you have spent time with your work colleagues and manager. Maintaining good communications will help you to get used to working relationships again, and it may also help to alleviate any anxieties you may have about going back to work. You could arrange a return to work meeting with your manager or mentor, which will provide the opportunity to speak honest and openly about any worries or concerns you may have.
Take time to familiarise yourself with the latest rules around social distancing and procedures that have been put into place at your setting. By doing this in advance, you will feel well prepared for returning to work.
Take Time to Reflect
Many people have used their time off work to take time out for themselves and really think about their lives and career aspirations. Try to continue to take time out to reflect. Be prepared to accept that things will not be the same, as we have entered a new cycle.
Try a New Hobby
While it is important to stick to a schedule, sometimes the same routine be-comes dull, and you may end up spending too much time on low value activi-ties such as TV and browsing social media. A hobby can bring you a new sense of achievement and really help to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Mark Zuckerburg ( co-founder and CEO of Facebook) explains that a hobby can show your employer you have passion and drive – so win, win!
ACAS (free impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice) https://www.acas.org.uk/
Gov website – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/worker-support
Help to find a hobby – https://hobbylark.com/misc/How-to-Choose-a-
Hobby Need a chat? https://www.thecalmzone.net/2016/12/you-can-talk-to-calm/