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After a year and a half of split-screen meetings and morning commutes from bed to kitchen, returning to a physical office can be a big adjustment for everyone. Interruptions at work can exacerbate stress, mental health experts say, and the transition back to a physical workspace is another big one. Experts offer tools to re-enter the world of commuting and co-workers.
In the latest wave of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Delta variants and breakthrough infections have complicated plans for a smooth return to the actual workplace, reviving concerns about safety even among vaccinated workers.
Working from home may provide a refuge for those who develop mental health problems during the pandemic, or who have an existing illness worsened after a long period of fear and isolation. The coping mechanisms many people have developed — stepping outside for air to calm panic attacks, practicing rapid meditation to calm their minds — are harder to achieve under the fluorescent lights of an open-plan office.
We talked to experts about potential ways to ease anxiety as some workers return to their desks.
Anxiety will be common.
After a year and a half of split-screen meetings and morning commutes from bed to kitchen, returning to a physical office can be a big adjustment for everyone. Interruptions at work can exacerbate stress, mental health experts say, and the transition back to a physical workspace is another big one.
“Our brains don’t like uncertainty,” “Says Dr. Judson Brewer, director of research and innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center and author of” Unwinding Anxiety.” He says the habits that many of us developed while working from home — walking in the morning, having a cup of tea in the afternoon, cooking lunch — provided a patchwork sense of certainty, even at the height of the pandemic. In the office, employees have less control. “Fear plus uncertainty equals anxiety,” he said.
It’s important to determine what you fear about returning to the office. If you’re emphasizing taking public transportation, for example, and returning to an office appointment, it may help to “rehearse” part of your commute, says Dr. Franklin Schneier, director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and an instructor in psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Try taking the subway a few stops or taking a walk near your office building to reorient yourself.
In general, said Dr. Joe Bienvenu, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, A combination of self-care measures such as exercise, adequate sleep and limiting alcohol consumption can also help get home earlier.
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