Whether you’re returning to work after have a baby, caring for a family member, a career gap or after the lockdown, it can and often will feel strange. This is because there will have been a change in routine and now you need to change your routine again. It can be common for people returning to work after a break to feel uncertainty and a lack of confidence in themselves.
In this blog post we help you manage returning to work after a break with some top tips. It’s okay to feel nervous, but these feelings need to be overcome. However, if you are dreading the return to work after a break it may be time to reflect. Is this really a job you want and a job you enjoy? Could it be time for a job change so you are excited to return to work?
- Firstly, it is important to acknowledge those feelings of self-doubt and nervousness. It is okay to feel that way and you won’t feel that way forever. Accept the way you feel and observe them in an objective manner to overcome them.
- Don’t forget the self-care. It’s important that you are kind to yourself as you’re going through what could be a tough time. Listen to what you are saying to yourself and ask yourself if you would let anyone else speak to you that way. If a friend came to you to say they were feeling the way you are right now, what advice would you give them? Give that advice to yourself.
- While it may be hard, don’t let the fear stop you. You’ve done this job before and you’ve done it well – you can do it again. You might be a little bit out of practice. However, just like riding a bike, it’ll come back to you. Take your time and it will soon become second nature to you once more.
- Stop yourself from trying to control things that you have no control over. Instead, focus on what you can change and change that. Realise the high expectations of yourself from your shoulders and you will be able to approach things much more calmly.
Remember, you’re not alone. Many people are feeling the same way as you. Don’t forget to talk to people and ask for help if you need it.