How to look after your mental health when returning to work after lockdown

Getting ourselves physically and mentally ready to return to work after a lockdown can cause feelings of anxiety and dread. Going back to work after this experience may stir up some uncomfortable feelings – and that’s normal.

Recognising that it’s ok to take things a bit slower and to ask for help will help you feel better prepared, and make things more manageable.

In this infographic the BelievePerform team look at how to look after your mental health when returning to work after lockdown.

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  1. Try not and put pressure on yourself to get everything done at once. Ease yourself back to work.
  2. Plan time into your diary where you can schedule in regular breaks.
  3. Make sure to stay well connected to friends, family and colleagues.
  4. If you feel yourself struggling ask for help from a colleague or manager.
  5. Try and stay active throughout the day. Activity or exercise is a great way to boost mood.
  6. Schedule time into your week where you can engage in some self-care activities.
  7. Don’t be afraid to talk to others if you feel nervous or anxious about returning to work.
  8. Chat to colleagues before returning to work so you can all support each other.
  9. Schedule time in with your manager so you can catch up and talk about worries you might have.
  10. Organise yourself and your times so you are prepared for returning to work.
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