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How Going Back to Work in the Office Can Cause Your Anxiety to Peak

by on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Shortly after COVID-19 hit the U.S., millions of workers started working remotely from home. Now, because COVID numbers are beginning to decline and millions of people have been vaccinated against COVID-19, many employers are slowly bringing their workers back to the fold, even in a part-time, hybrid situation. However, returning to the office may cause issues for people already suffering from different kinds of anxiety or present new anxiety. 

Commuting to Work

For many people, going back to work means having to commute on public transport. However, this may cause anxiety for some. Going from social distancing to being in close vicinity to someone on a public bus or train can be stressful. 

Sharing Work Equipment

When individuals share an office space, they often share some work equipment and communal spaces, such as printers or bathrooms. After more than a year of heavy sanitizing and not working in the same area as others, this may cause anxiety for some. Even if coworkers are vaccinated, individuals may be anxious about getting sick. 

Changing Routines

Just as the start of COVID-19 caused anxiety for many people, transitioning back into “normal” life can also cause anxiety. Now that working for home has lasted over a year, they may finally be getting used to their new routine. However, going back to work means another change in routine. This change can cause anxiety, as people try to figure out how their life will work with going back to work in person. 

What You Can Do

If an individual feels so uncomfortable about going back to work that it is causing unmanageable anxiety, they should not be afraid to speak up. They can be honest with their employer and may be able to work through any issues about going back to work together. Individuals may see if flexibility is an option; even if others go back to work in person, it doesn’t mean they have to. An employer may be willing to allow someone to continue working from home if they express their anxieties about working in the office again. 

As more people are being vaccinated, many people are now beginning to work in person again. However, after a year or more of working from home, this may cause anxiety for some. Commuting to work, sharing work equipment, and changing your routine can all cause anxiety. If your anxiety about going back to work affects your life, it may be time to seek professional help. At Restorations Therapy, we are here to help you through your post-COVID anxiety. Call us today at (720) 446-6585 and get the help you need.

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