Only listen to information from sources you trust. Communicate openly with management about things like the return-to-work policy or changes that might take place as the pandemic continues. Try to avoid water-cooler gossip or rumours that could add to anticipatory anxiety.
Manage your expectations. The experience you think you’ll have when you return to work could look quite different to reality. You won’t be able to envision what your new routine will look like until it happens. Expect that the first couple of weeks will be more stressful and that things will get easier. Whether you need extra time to deal with an emotional responseOpens in a new window or to adjust to things like changes in surroundings, give yourself time and space to manage expectations.
Celebrate the little things. For many of us, returning to work after COVID will be a milestone. Celebrating little things along the way such as the first day or first week, a piece of work you’ve delivered or simply making it through your commute can help raise your confidence and boost morale within your team.