When you’ve been away from the office for an extended period, it can feel difficult to get back into a routine and return to see your colleagues. You might feel excited and apprehensive at the same time, but it is possible to feel great as you head back to the office. Let’s look at some top tips that could help you to feel your best when you go back to work.
Buy Some New Clothes
A new outfit can help you to feel good about yourself, and it can be the perfect way to treat yourself to something nice when it’s time to go back to the office. Whether you choose to buy a whole new wardrobe or invest in just a couple of new outfits, pick something that will make you feel good on the first day you’re physically back at work.
Go for a Treatment
Facials and other skin treatments can help you to feel fresher and more prepared to head back to work. They can give you more confidence as well as being great for your skin. Why not get a peel to boost your skin’s radiance, or maybe it’s about booking that long overdue microblading treatment to fix those brows that have been hidden by a blurry Zoom camera? Never get any treatment for somebody else. Only do what you want to do to improve your inner confidence and make you feel more equiped as you return to work. If you are thinking about other more permanent treatments such as aesthetic skin treatments, it’s important to read up on them first. City Skin Clinic have a great lip fillers guide if this is something you’ve been thinking about.
Speak to Colleagues Beforehand
If you’re feeling nervous about seeing colleagues after a period away from the office, contact some of them beforehand to connect. This can make things feel less daunting since you can catch up with a couple of close colleagues in advance and even let them know you’re feeling a bit nervous about returning. Speak to your manager too, and plan to go for lunch to help reconnect on your first day back.
Ask for Flexibility
Many employers will offer some degree of flexibility when staff are returning to the office after being away for a while. For example, you could ask to work from home for some of the week rather than commuting every day. Some employers may even allow you to come back to work part-time initially, before increasing your days gradually over a few weeks. Other flexible adjustments that are often put in place include leaving work early, arriving later, or working more hours across fewer days.
Don’t Put Too Much Pressure on Yourself
Too much pressure and too many high expectations can lead to disappointment and anxiety and make you feel demoralised. Rather than putting pressure on yourself to return to normal straight away, allow yourself to take things slower and gradually get back to work. Accept flexible working if it is helpful to you, and speak up if you need certain adjustments while you get used to being back at the office.
Going back to the office after a long time away can feel daunting, but being patient and kind to yourself can help you settle back in. Speak to your colleagues and managers beforehand and avoid creating unnecessary pressure that might prevent you from feeling great as you return to the office.
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