Although we don’t want to jinx anything by suggesting that things are going back to normal, it is hard to deny that sense of optimism in the air. Maybe it’s the sunshine, maybe it’s the kids going back to school, maybe it’s the fact that we are slowly working our way through the restrictions rolling back, or maybe it’s the spring pollen playing havoc with our senses, but things are starting to feel a bit more like they used to, aren’t they?
And while we all have our big plans for what we are going to get up to on our days off (come on, beach holiday, don’t let us down), it is also important to think about what this means for our work life.
While many of us may well be working from home for some time yet, as the restrictions continue to lift many of us will be looking at a return to the office now that the stay-at-home order has been lifted. It may not be every day, it may not be all day, but sooner or later most of us are going to have to come to terms with the idea that we are going to be putting on our professional outdoor clothes again in the not-too-distant future. If the idea of facing the morning commute and sitting at a proper desk is making you a bit nervous, here are a few things to make sure that you have ready for when the time comes to make it all a little easier.
A Public Transport Pay Card Or App
Now, here’s one that may vary depending on where you live, but if there’s one thing that we can all agree on, it is that we are going to want to be touching as few things as possible on our way into the office.
One of the easiest ways to take the stress out of that bus or subway journey to work is making sure that you have topped up your travel card before you leave the house, whether that’s on a mobile app or your Oyster card. It’s going to be weird enough going back to the office after months spent working at home and worrying about whether you need to use a touchscreen or dig around for change is not what you need right now.
Spare Masks And Hand Sanitizer
This one is probably a no-brainer, but it bears repeating. When you are heading out to go to the supermarket, it’s one thing to realise that you’ve left your mask and at home and pop back to grab it. When you’re going to work, it’s a different story. To avoid any last-minute panics and running late, make sure you’ve packed a couple of masks the night before and that you have plenty of hand sanitiser too.
Any business that is encouraging people to come back into the office should have plenty of hand-washing stations set up and they should be extremely conscientious when it comes to safety, but you’ll feel a lot better knowing that you’ve got your own taken care of.
Don’t Forget Your Vaping Essentials
We all know how aggravating it is when you pop outside for a quick vape only to discover that you’ve run out of sub ohm e-liquid, or that the coil you’re using has burnt out and you don’t have a replacement. It’s going to take a while until we get back into the swing of things when it comes to bringing all the stuff that we need for spending a whole day out of the house, so make sure you’ve got plenty of back-up vaping fluid and replacement pieces. If you need back-up vaping equipment fast, Aquavape can dispatch any orders made before 1pm on the same day, and they offer free shipping on orders over £25.
Make Sure You Bring Lots Of Home Comforts With You
Now, it is going to be nice to see people in real life again, as opposed to on a video call, and we are certainly looking forward to getting back into something approaching a normal routine. However, there can be no denying that going back into the office on a regular basis is going to be stressful after such a chaotic disaster of a year and with all the health concerns 2020 brought with it.
So, when you’re thinking about what you need to bring with you to the office, don’t skimp on the treats. That nice coffee you’ve been using at home? Bring it. Those good biscuits? Bring those too. It’s going to be important to acknowledge how strange and disorienting this whole process will be, so any little touches you can bring from home to help keep you happy and balanced is well worth considering. Oh, and we almost forgot: make sure you’ve got a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones so you can tune out the stress of the outside world and focus on what you’re doing! You should also remember that feeling anxiety about returning to the office is completely normal, and that you shouldn’t be afraid to talk to your boss if you’re not ready yet.