This last year left most of us a nervous wreck. A year of on-and-off lockdowns, stuck at home, glued to the television awaiting any new information hinting at a light at the end of a very long tunnel. As a result of the pandemic, we switched gears and began working from home. Sure, there are some ups and downs associated with working from home, but you’ve likely adjusted nonetheless.
Now it’s time to go back to the office, and you’re left trying to sort through a slew of emotions — anxiety, frustration, and confusion for the most part. In short, it’s called back-to-office anxiety (yes, it’s a real thing). A recent study shows that 64% of UK workers don’t want to return to work until everyone is vaccinated, so the end of lockdown may trigger more anxiety.
If you’re concerned about going back to the office, don’t fret, we have you covered with some helpful tips to make the transition as smoothly as possible.
STAY POSITIVE AND OPTIMISTIC
Have you noticed things seem to work out better when you go into a situation with an optimistic attitude? You get back what you put out, so take a deep breath and stay calm when the time comes. Numbers are decreasing with a good percentage of the UK population already vaccinated.
If you find yourself having a hard time finding your calm space, there are some things you can do. First, try starting your day with some positive affirmations — something that settles nerves and negative thoughts. Affirmations are an excellent method to reprogram your mind in various ways, because you tell yourself something until you (and your mind) believe it.
It’s also important to filter the type of information you’re exposed to. When you keep the news on for too long or scroll longer than you should on social media, you encounter all sorts of stressors that can generate stress and anxiety.
DEEP BREATHING ALWAYS HELPS
Never underestimate the power of a few deep breaths. The practice of deep breathing to achieve a better physical and mental state and a balanced life dates back to ancient times. There are plenty of ways to incorporate deep breathing into your day if you start to feel tense and anxious.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to be mindful of how you feel to stop and take a deep breath when needed. When you do this, remind yourself everything is fine in that very moment — in the “now.”
You can use all kinds of deep breathing techniques to stay calm and present throughout the day. We suggest trying a few different methods to see what accommodates you the most. And sometimes, you may find a particular situation calls for a specific type of breathing exercise.
TALK IT OUT IF YOU NEED TO
We can all, most likely, agree there’s something therapeutic about talking through your emotions, whether it’s with a professional, or even a friend or family member.
Talking through your problems helps you overcome those obstacles, releasing any stress and anxiety attached to it. This happens because you’re able to see the issue from different angles, especially when the person you’re talking to provides valuable insight. Sometimes we can’t see everything clearly on our own, and that’s okay because everyone needs a shoulder to lean on now and then — or an ear, in this case.
CREATE A “BACK-TO-OFFICE” SURVIVAL PACK
So what if it’s been a while since you’ve been out there in the world? Nothing’s changed (for the most part). One of the best things you can do is create a personal “back-to-office” survival pack, full of CBD-infused goodies to help out during your day. Your ideal pack may vary a bit, but this should get the creative juices flowing.
CBD Cookies with Protein
You know the scenario. It’s mid-morning, and your stomach is rumbling quite aggressively, but lunch is an hour-ish away. When hunger hits, things can seem like they’re spiraling out of control, when in reality, you’re just hangry.
A little biscuit bump might be just what you need to stay professional until lunch. Stay prepared; keep a few CBD cookies in your bag. They come in a variety of appealing flavours, and there’s no doubt 20mg of broad spectrum CBD and 13g of protein will carry you to lunch.
If you love a sweet treat with tons of benefits, then you have to incorporate CBD gummies into your survival pack. This discrete option takes a tasty approach to health and wellness, with plenty of wellness-enhancing formulations available, like Turmeric & Spirulina, Multivitamins, and Apple Cider Vinegar.
Many people worry about CBD making them feel sleepy or drowsy during the day, but the measured amounts in gummies ensure you’re getting the right amount.
If you’d like the ease of a measured amount in edible form, but you’re not in the mood for a gummy, an 8-count pack of hemp gels is the perfect choice to slip in your portable pack.
Each gel contains 25mg of CBD, plus MCT oil. This is a high-value way to test the CBD waters, and a convenient size to keep at the office.
Change is often scary and intimidating, but it’s necessary for growth. We endured a tough year, but it’s on to better times. It’s natural to be nervous about going back to the office, but CBD helps you keep those nerves in check, so you can hit the ground running like you never left!
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