All aspects of life have drastically changed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With that, returning to work in the age of the ‘new normal’ may be a stressful time.

 How we work and play may look nothing like it did only one year ago as South Africa and the rest of the world continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic. One such area of life greatly impacted is the work world, and returning the workplace has been either an exciting or daunting experience for many. If it’s the later, try these simple tips.

 

 

START MENTALLY AND PSYCALLICALY PREPARING YOURSELF

If you relaxed on your daily work-life routines, start easing back into them before heading back to work. That includes the little things like planning what to wear the night before, waking up early and prepping a healthy breakfast and lunch. This will start preparing your brain and body more structure after a few months of waking up a bit later or working in your favourite sweat pants.

 

TAKE A BREAK

Apart from the daily Zoom meetings, the amount of interaction you’ve had with other people while working from home has probably looked far different to what you will experience again in the office. This may feel quite overwhelming as rebuilding relationships through engaging with others face-to-face will likely be part of the process. Take a few minutes to yourself should the social interactions become too much.

 

FOCUS ON THE TASKS AT HAND

While working from home, you may have found yourself splitting your time between work doing laundry, shopping online and tiding up. Try “monotasking”, which is focusing on one task at any given time to help channel your concentration. Added with short breaks in-between, this can help reduce feelings of being overwhelmed or distracted.

 

TRY BREATHING EXCERCISES

Anxiety around returning back to work is quite real, but using simple breathing exercises from your desk can help. Try breathing in while counting to four in your head, hold the breath while counting to four and breathe out while counting to four once again. Repeat this exercise until you feel more at ease.

 

SPEAK TO SOMEONE

As infections rise, you may hear of colleagues or people you know getting infected or succumbing to the coronavirus. It is important to speak to someone such as a professional counsellor should you feel your mental health is being affected. Find out what facilities for mental wellness your workplace offers, your medical aid or SADAG on its 24-hour helpline on 0800 456 789, contact 0800 567 567 for suicidal emergencies, or alternatively, call Lifeline on 0861 322 322.

MAINTAIN THE GOOD HABITS YOU’VE PICKED UP

COVID-19 has forced us to look at life in many new ways. You may have done a lot of introspection during the lockdown. It’s important to continue with any positive habits you have picked up like working out and eating healthier as you return back to the office to keep yourself motived and in a positive and healthy midframe.

 

GET WHAT YOU NEED TO STAY SAFE

You can purchase a range of products to help you maintain hygienic habits. From hand sanitizers to disinfectants and handy pocket tissues, get what you need from our grocery retailers, including Pick n Pay, Checkers and Shoprite. Get up to 55 days interest-free* with each purchase.

 

Don’t forget that while making these and essential purchases, you can also pay your RCS Account using your EasyPay number at till points. Alternatively, you can also pay and manage your account via the self-service portal or the free RCS App from anywhere.

 

*Service and initiation fees apply.