Back to Work During COVID-19

As restrictions start to ease, and we all face our new working realities, here are some practices that will help us function better and take care of our well-being:

  1. Practice Acceptance: accept that you feel anxious and fearful about returning to work. It's perfectly normal to feel this way. 
  2. Practice Kindness: be kind to those around you and especially to yourself. Don't make assumptions, give people any benefit of the doubt.
  3. Practice Discretion: limit your exposure to social media, gossip and the endless news cycle.
  4. Practice Solitude: unplug and unwind. Find places and moments to check in with yourself honestly. You don't need to find solutions; you simply need to acknowledge how you are.
  5. Practice Calmness: take moments in your day to breathe, to be present. If you can, try a meditation.
  6. Practice Breaks: give yourself multiple breaks in your day to practice the items on this list. If you have the chance, go outside.
  7. Practice Health: now is not the time to comfort yourself with unhealthy food and alcohol. Use this transition period to move to healthier eating and drinking habits.
  8. Practice Movement: stand up, stretch, walk.
  9. Practice Connection: take the time to check in with colleagues. Connecting with them will help them and you.
  10. Practice Gratitude: allow yourself to be thankful for your profession, the people around you and the opportunity to engage in work.

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