December 08, 2021
If the thought of going into the office each day makes you uneasy, you're not alone. Many people have anxiety about returning to the office. Some are concerned about getting COVID-19 and passing it to their unvaccinated children or at-risk family and friends. Others don't want to lose the flexibility they've come to enjoy or start commuting again.
No matter what the stress, it helps to take positive steps before going back to the office. The following tips can help.
5 ways to ease back into the routine
Resources that can help
Take a mental health screening and seek help if you need it. Many employers are offering resources to help employees take control of anxiety and manage stress. Check if your employer offers an employee assistance program (EAP) that includes mental health resources and counseling. Another excellent, no-cost resource is PsychHub, which offers a variety of online support tools. You can also find a behavioral health professional in your health plan's network using the Find Care tool on empireblue.com.
It's natural to feel anxious when our routines change, even more so after stressful times like the pandemic. By following the tips and using the resources listed here, you may find greater balance and be able to navigate the transition back to the office as smoothly as possible.
Beacon Health Options website: Managing anxiety when returning to work after COVID-19 (accessed November 2021): achievesolutions.net.
McKinsey & Company website: Returning to work: Keys to a psychologically safer workplace (accessed September 2021): mckinsey.com.