Post Pandemic many people are facing stress and anxiety about returning back to the office.. After more than a year of remote work as Covid-19 restrictions are almost released and companies are keen for their staff to return to the office. Many surveys have shared a report that one out of every three employees said their return to the workplace had a negative impact on their mental health, citing feelings of anxiety, depression, or general distress. Others are anxious about social interactions. Overall there is mix feeling about coming back to the office.
Post-Pandemic Why Returning To The Office Is Stressful?
Unsurprisingly, the pandemic has triggered a wave of mental health issues. Whether it’s managing addictions, depression, social isolation, or general stress. Many reports are saying that the 18-34 age group is facing more mental health issues due to pandemics.
Post Pandemic returning to the office is creating stress and anxiety because workers are most concerned for their physical health and safety when returning to the office, as well as losing a sense of autonomy gained while working remotely during the pandemic.
Workers want to know whether the office is physically safe to return back.
Parents and caretakers of children are more likely to be stressed about their return.
People who are suffering from social anxiety are also worried about how to handle office politics and how to interact with coworkers in person.
And people are more worried about work-life balance. How to manage it again?
How to prepare yourself mentally to return to the office again?
Post-Pandemic people are suffering from the stress and anxiety to return to the office.
Here are some tips for your better transition: –
- Workout on the plan which will help you to integrate at your own pace. Talk to the employer about your working pattern like you will come to the office for 5 days or you will come for a couple of days and for the rest days you will work from home.
- Speak to your coworkers because might be your problems are the same and they are having some ideas to overcome.
- Start your pre-pandemic morning rituals.
- Identify the exact stress area and you can sort out that problem by discussing it with your HR or other concerned people.
- Decorate your desk with some positive posters and other things.
- Update your wardrobe.
- Set a better sleep pattern.
- Be kind to yourself. Give yourself some time to adjust.
If you are still having a tough time, reach out for help.
If you are facing extreme stress and anxiety and unable to complete the daily tasks after joining an office again then reach out to a mental health professional.
Post-Pandemic While Returning To The Office How to deal with anxiety and stress?
1. You have to understand that with the phased return to work right around the corner, you are not alone if you’re feeling anxious and stressed. The change in routine and social interactions, as well as the fear of the unknown, are all major contributors to this feeling of anxiety. Acknowledge your feelings.
2. Plan ahead.
There are many things in control. If you will plan your week you will not get pressurized
3. Focus on positive things only.
4. Now we all know that everyone is having different comfort zone so be flexible with others.
5. Reach out for help. Talk freely with your employers and also take the help of a counselor or life coach.
What is Social Anxiety and how to deal with it?
What is social anxiety disorder?
Social Anxiety Disorder means sometimes a person is having fear about meeting new people, talking to new people, attending social gatherings, or visiting public places even as theaters, etc.
They feel like they will be judged or scrutinized by people. They might know that their fear is unreasonable but they are unable to overcome it.
There is a difference between shyness and social anxiety.
Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
Social interaction may cause the following physical symptoms:
- excessive sweating
- trembling or shaking
- difficulty speaking
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- rapid heart rate
Psychological symptoms may include:
- worrying intensely about social situations
- worrying for days or weeks before an event
- avoiding social situations or trying to blend into the background if you must attend
- worrying about embarrassing yourself in a social situation
- worrying that other people will notice you are stressed or nervous
- needing alcohol to face a social situation
- missing school or work because of anxiety
What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder?
- family conflict
- sexual abuse
- emotional abuse
Treatment for social anxiety disorders
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (C.B.T)
- Exposure Therapy
- Group Therapy
What is social anxiety and how to deal with it?
1. Talk with your mental health expert.
2. Explore a specific situation that triggers social anxiety.
3. Change your thought pattern.
4. Take baby steps to mix with society.
5. Use relaxation techniques to release stress. E.g. deep breathing, listening calm music.
6. Limit your alcohol.
7. Face your fears, don’t hide them.
8. Practice kindness and also help people.
While coming back to the workplace you only need to maintain a positive attitude and daily life, be as productive as possible, utilize connections, and stay in touch with your support system during this transition. Keep talking to people, you’ll notice that you’re all on the same ship. Keep optimism and positivity, and understand that it will take some time to get back on track.