It seems as if we just figured out how to balance our remote working with our home life, and now employers are requiring employees to be back in the office again. Don’t panic! Take a deep breath and use these tips to help make your transition back to the workplace smoother.

Keep up your self-care. Schedule your routine self-care appointments – including your doctors, dentists, and mental health providers – to stay on top of your physical and mental health. In addition, schedule in a vacation – even if it’s a year from now – and request some days off now and in the future to sprinkle in some “me time”.

Keep your highest priorities at the top of your list. Over the past year and a half, you may have changed your values. Consider what you want your life to look like going forward. How much quality family time or physical fitness time do you want? Prioritizing your values will help you design a lifestyle that works best for you.

Eat nutrient-dense foods most of the time. Fortify your body and strengthen your immune system by eating nutritious foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Focus on whole foods, such as vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, legumes, and healthy fats.

Keep healthy snacks and meals readily available in the office. Avoid fast food or a coffee shop pastry by storing nuts, trail mix, packed tuna, and healthy protein bars in your desk. If you have access to a refrigerator, keep raw vegetables and fruit on hand with hummus, tuna/chicken salad, hard-boiled egg, sliced turkey, string cheese, and Greek yogurt.

Exercise. Improve your physical and mental health by developing a consistent fitness routine that fits into your new work schedule. Log your workout times into your calendar, as if it were another meeting or appointment. If you have to cancel, reschedule it immediately.

Do not underestimate the power of sleep. Strive for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night by getting on a consistent schedule. Sleep is crucial for maintaining your body’s immunity, metabolism, and productivity.

Organize your professional wardrobe. If a few basic pieces no longer fit comfortably, replace them. Your body will transition once you become more active outside your home.

Ask yourself if you are ok. We have all suffered trauma over the past year and a half. Thus, making another transition may be creating some anxiety and uncertainty for you. Take a moment to ask yourself: are you ok? Lean on your family, friends, colleagues, and mental health professionals for emotional support.

Be kind to yourself. Give yourself time to transition. It may take time to be comfortable again in work and social situations, as well as pants with zippers.

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