1. Ease yourself back in and develop a staged plan with your employer to return to work. Expecting to immediately slip back into full time in the workplace may not be realistic. However, also understand that certain jobs will require your to be at work and having realistic expectations of what can and cannot be done to assist you will vary depending on the role.
  2. If you feel anxious or nervous about returning to work, speak to a colleague or your manager. Such feelings are likely and expected, but just because you experience them does not mean that the reaction is proportionate, and you may be able to manage such anxiousness to levels that you can cope with.
  3. Look after your physical health. Stay active throughout the day and eat a well-balanced diet. This will all be especially important as we return to workplaces and the risk of returning to bad habits we had before might emerge.
  4. Connect with colleagues and support each other with work tasks and activities. You might find that they have similar concerns and thoughts – sharing these will likely reduce any possible negative impacts.
  5. Plan your journey to work and think about any extra equipment you might need to travel with (for work and personal safety).
  6. If you start to feel overwhelmed by returning to work, focus on completing one task at a time. Breaking the day down into smaller manageable tasks will be easier to cope with than viewing the whole day as one big chunk.
  7. Take a break away from the computer screen and schedule time for breaks and catch-ups with colleagues throughout the day.
  8. Make sure to take time to engage in activities outside of work that provide you with a sense of pleasure and relaxation. Consider the 10 ways to wellbeing.