Nervous About Returning To Normal?
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Nervous About Returning To Normal?

Initially, there was anxiety about having to isolate. Now with restrictions being eased it’s about preparing to return to work at the old locations. Many are nervous about returning to the new normal at work. Anxiety has become a common feeling between people during this time, with many people taking on therapist sessions, meditation, and anxiety sufferers even using cannabis products such as platinum purple kush in order to help them relax. Now there is a new concern, going back out into the open. Questions arise such as; How to manage interacting with other people? How to keep safe?

In this article Amy Marshall provides some great tips on getting yourself prepared and managing that anxiety.

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So are we anxious about returning to the old work location?? Firstly, we are worried about what “normal” will look like and secondly, we are nervous about social reintegration…

For weeks now we have been busily adjusting and adapting to a completely new way of life and this week we have confirmation that we will start to resume our path back out of social restriction. Not sure about anyone else, but I feel like I’m in a washing machine!

Just when we thought we were really getting the hang of this and getting efficient working from home, we now must think about plans to reverse all that work. It can certainly seem demotivating to think that all the hard yards you have put into making our new situation work will now just become a thing of the past.

“You don’t just come back, snap your fingers and pick up where you left”

We can, however, view this as an opportunity to take all those significant things that we have learnt and use them as cornerstones of how we move forward. We are in charge of what “getting back to normal” looks like and taking those winning formulas that will make our “normal” far better than the original version, a “new and improved normal” if you like.

The other part to the easing of restrictions is the likely anxiety that people will feel as they reintegrate socially; people will be nervous to be around others at the risk of contracting COVID. All levels of government have openly said that they expect outbreaks as restrictions ease, and no one wants to be at any more risk than they need to be.

It’s alright to accept that the pandemic has affected your mental health, even if you have never suffered infection or loss of a loved one. Your anxiety will rise because you’ve learned all these new rules to keep you safe and it will take time for you to let them go. If need be, talk to a doctor about getting anxiety medications or remedies like CBD oil or medicinal marijuana (click here for an example) to see if these can help ease your fears.

“Be COVID Smart”

How can we ease the anxiety and stress of people as they begin to reintegrate?

Make appropriate plans detailing how we intend on doing things like returning to work, start playing a sport, and detail how we are going to protect people moving forward. The government has already given us all the tools to make our environments safe, all we have to do is utilise them!

Perhaps this means we will also need to adjust our workplace, sporting facility or school. Maybe we might need to create some new hygiene policies or move some furniture to ensure we can meet social distancing guidelines. Maybe we need to change the way in which we train or how often we clean equipment. As tedious as this all sounds, they are all small things that can make a huge difference to help people feel more comfortable with reintegration.

“Just because you’re ok, doesn’t mean the person next to you is”

Psychologists say the feeling of dread about heading back into “normal” society is a kind of reverse culture shock, usually associated with returning home from living overseas. Clinical psychologist Dr Kimberley Norris says the initial excitement of being able to have contact with others is likely to be followed by a nationwide emotional crash, advising us to slowly reconnect with friends, family and colleagues to try to soften the anxiety that can be associated with public reintegration.

Information is power! It’s good for us all to know that this may happen to a work colleague or family member or even, myself! Knowing this, when we see the signs, let’s remember to ask some questions/ask for help and most of all be patient and kind. Our actions can make a world of difference.

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Amy Marshall, MB+M Compliance Manager,

Is the person behind the people – managing the day to day operational activities. A self-professed sports & fitness junkie, who attributes her over competitiveness to being the youngest of 10 children in her family!

You can contact Amy on 058 219177, or mbmshepp@mbmgroup.com.au,

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