5 tips to help you transition back to the office post self-isolation

Reflecting before you go back in to understand what are your own expectations of your workplace. Understanding what you need to manage your own expectations and anxiety levels is important when returning to the office.

COVID-19 came upon us like an unexpected storm the experts never saw coming. One week we were going about our lives as normal then suddenly the following week we found ourselves home-schooling and living in isolation. We are living through history. Our grandchildren are likely to ask us what it was like to be live through the pandemic and we will reflect on this period in our lives.


As we are starting to come out of self isolation, we are at the beginning of the end. I’ve had friends comment that during isolation they enjoyed “slowing down”. Pre-isolation we would often comment that we were busy. But do we need to be so busy? Busy shouldn’t necessarily be a badge of honour. This gives us the opportunity to reassess our lives to understand what the “new normal” means for us.


This week my husband has started returning to the office. For the past two months we have been working at home together alternating between the study and kitchen table. It has worked well and I've enjoyed having him around. This week as he was getting dressed in his suit to return back to the office, for me it was a mental change to start our post isolation life. I also met up with friends at the park and we all commented that we felt alive again but socialising and getting out of the house. It was these little steps on realising life and in our “new normal”. Getting back into routine outside our home has changed my mindset. Here are five things that can help you prepare for returning to the office and post isolation.


Reflect on life during isolation
Reflect on isolation and take it as an opportunity to reset. Grab yourself a tea or coffee and pause for a moment to reflect on the journey you have been on the past few months. Have a moment to yourself to sit down and write yourself, these three headings: Stop. Start. Keep.


Personally, self-isolation has given me permission to slow down a little and be less scheduled. I have made more time for exercise during isolation and I want to keep doing this. One of the best things I enjoyed about isolation, was going for family walks and it filled my cup. Reflect on the past few months considering what you have and have not enjoyed and write it down. There is something to say about writing things down and letting go.

Reflect on life during isolation

Reflect on isolation and take it as an opportunity to reset. Grab yourself a tea or coffee and pause for a moment to reflect on the journey you have been on the past few months. Have a moment to yourself to sit down and write yourself, these three headings: Stop. Start. Keep.


Personally, self-isolation has given me permission to slow down a little and be less scheduled. I have made more time for exercise during isolation and I want to keep doing this. One of the best things I enjoyed about isolation, was going for family walks and it filled my cup. Reflect on the past few months considering what you have and have not enjoyed and write it down. There is something to say about writing things down and letting go.

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