Getting Ready to Return to Work after Lockdown

Working from home has become the norm during COVID, but with people going back to the office, it’s going to take some getting used to. That’s why you might want to spend some time getting prepared for office life again, so follow our tips to ease yourself back into the commute and nine to five. 

Go for some beauty treatments

Beauty treatments can give you the confidence to perform better at work. If you feel a little self-conscious, and have neglected yourself over lockdown, now is the time for some pampering. Visit a skin clinic Neutral Bay and you can get treatments from hair removal to laser skin resurfacing. This ensures that once you get back to work, you’re looking your best. 

Organise your wardrobe

Let’s face it, most of us are used to throwing on some jeans and a t-shirt before heading to the home office, but when you actually need to go into the outside world, this look won’t cut it. Save time in the morning by getting your clothes ready and consider having a big clear out of stuff you’ll no longer wear. You can also organise your jewellery, making it easier to accessorise in the morning, and make sure everything is ready to go when you wake up. 

You might want to build a capsule wardrobe to make coordinating outfits with ease. This could include:

  • A blazer
  • Well-fitted trousers or a skirt
  • White shirt
  • Simple heels
  • A smart handbag

You can then mix and match your outfits easily, so you aren’t feeling overwhelmed when you look in your wardrobe in the morning.

Fix your sleeping pattern

A lot of people have found themselves with a strange sleeping pattern in lockdown. If you’re going back into the office, then daytime naps and lie-ins will need to be sacrificed again. You should work on getting back into a normal sleeping pattern before work starts again, so you can arrive feeling refreshed and ready to work.

Take your breaks

When you return to work, it’s important not to get burnt out. You shouldn’t overdo it when you go back. Take a look at employment hours and employee break regulations. Take time away from your screen and take a walk if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

You should also take care of your mental health. Take advantage of breaks to go for a walk and unwind, and if you feel anxious, tell your bosses so that they can make accommodations for you. It’s likely that your co-workers will be understanding and feel the same way.

Going back to work is going to be a big culture shock for a lot of people. If possible, you should opt for a staged return, so that you can get used to the nine to five again. Even if you love your job, you may find it a struggle to go back, so make sure you have a plan and are well-supported, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed on your first day. You’ll soon get used to office life once you’ve made the transition back.