Before COVID-19 was announced and we headed to the office every day, it was important to keep on top of your workloads all whilst being happy and healthy. The concern around mental health has been heavily highlighted over the lockdown period and continues to be raised when returning to the office.
Returning to the office has been a shock to the system for many reasons. Taking on the new structure, potential role changes, different seating arrangement, social distancing – and that’s just to name a few. Most of UK have returned to work and a lot has changed.
It’s important to note that not all changes are negative, and we’ve all had to make the best out of the situation no matter the industry. But it’s been a struggle for most as we learn to adapt to even more changes in our lives.
With that in mind, take a read of our 5 ways to prevent burning out during COVID-19 and ways to get used to your new office space.
Structure your day
Whether you were placed on furlough or working from home, working to a structure has been long forgotten. With a different surround, not being with colleagues and without your normal tools, you’ve been forced to create a new timetable.
So, on your return and after understanding your job role, create a list and structure your day. Getting used to a professional structure again will take time, but be pro active and prepared to help you settle back in.
If your working hours are from 9-5, make sure you switch off and take some down time outside of these hours. So, if that means switching off your laptop and leaving an email until the morning, so be it.
Take the time you need to unwind, ensuring you’re ready for the following day.
We’re currently in lockdown 2.0 and social distancing is still in place but luckily that doesn’t stop you being able to keep active. The gyms are out of the question but taking to the outdoors isn’t
Be sure to take advantage of the little freedom we have by going for a walk, jog or run. Committing to regular exercise can help with your mind and reduce stress levels. And at a time like this, we need all the stress relievers we can get.
Take breaks and lunches
As great as it is to work through breaks and lunches to display dedication, it’s okay to admit you need a break. If you’re sitting at your desk all day working hard, it’s nice to have a break mid-way through to refresh you mind for the afternoon.
Don’t take overload
It’s okay to say no if your day is already jam packed. If you have the time and can comfortably fit in another task, that’s fine. But if you’re already under a lot of pressure, say no or ask if you can complete the task tomorrow.
Take on as much as you can handle and that fits in to your new work schedule.