About Time: The Ultimate Guide To Going Back To Work Part IIIBy amelia richards
Lockdown is coming to an end and we’re returning to work post-coronavirus. New norms have been established, and for those of us that have been working from home or have been furloughed, the prospect of going back to work can feel daunting.
Once we’ve had a taste of a different life, it can feel hard to ‘go back’. But it’s not impossible. Just as the idea of working remotely seemed hugely daunting at the beginning of lockdown, we’ve adapted and navigated lots of challenges thrown at us.
Fortunately, there are a host of techniques to help us become a bit more adaptable. Mindset is crucial in this. Take some time to think about how you wish to go forward into this new chapter in your life; instead of focusing on the things you can’t do focus on the things you can do.
Remember Basic Healthy Habits
Feed your body and rest your mind – eat, drink, and sleep in ways that enhance productive creativity. Going back to work post-lockdown is never going to be a doddle, but maintaining basic healthy habits is a great place to start. Eat your five-a-day, sleep your eight-a-day and stay hydrated. Starting the day with a glass of hot lemon water will boost your metabolism, increase your energy, and set the tone for the rest of the day.
Take nootropics like ashwagandha and L-Theanine that mitigate the negative effects of cortisol and try Magnesium and electrolytes to replace and support the high cognitive demand of neuronal function. You might like to try something like Unplug: Night Time Nootropic from Motion which has been designed to help quell anxiety and sleep deeper thanks to traditional herbs scientifically combined with micronutrients for a holistic stress relief.
Dial Down The Caffeine
Those five cups of coffee are not your friend right now – and won’t be for quite some time. Caffeine mimics the stress response and pumping up the stress response is only going to tip us over the edge and out of the optimal performance zone – not what we’re after.
Aim For Acceptance
Accept the things you cannot change! For the foreseeable future we will be in a state of heightened alert and worry. Once you access this is reality as the new normal, it becomes the path of least resistance. You will soften into a way of being that will reduce the extreme highs and lows of this rollercoaster life
Create a Sleep Sanctuary
If you want to feel your best on Monday morning, you need to take action.
Try to make your bedroom environment and bedtime the most enticing space and time and save all your favourite relaxing activities until the end of the day to make it a place you want to be rather than a space to avoid.
Ensure you have a mattress that properly supports your spine and keeps you cool, like a Simba Hybrid Pro, to reduce overheating so that your immune system can operate at optimal temperature and to reduce pain, discomfort, and anxiety.
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