Transitioning is hard. I have had the luxury to be able to be at home for 3 months during COVID but since I work at a school/college, I had to head back last week. I LOVED working from home and I envy those who have always worked from home pre-covid and those who are able to remain working from home until the end of the year. But, I also don’t want to complain about being able to go to work because not too many people have the opportunity to GO to work. So I am thankful for my time that I received and the chance to exempt myself from the rat race. But most importanly, I am grateful to have a job during these unfortunate times.
But man, transitioning is hard. I would be lying if I said I didn’t get emotional about it. I don’t know, I felt some type of way and I shouldn’t have considering my sympathy for essential workers who NEVER received any down time or recognition in getting up EVERY day to go to work. Being out here among this virus is nerve ending. Yes, we are required to wear a mask, we have plexiglas to divide us, and there is sanitize stations every where, but you can never be too careful. In my line of work, August brings 400 students that I will come into contact with. Of course we are trying our best for virtual communication but even still some work must be done in person. I hate the thought of it.
So again, transitioning is hard. Don’t get this confused with change because I could say that nobody likes change, and that would not be true. I actually like change if it’s for the better. But when you are set one way and then you have to ease yourself back into an old habit or practices, that is my definition in transitioning at the moment. It’s passing from one state of mind or position to another. For some it may be better but for me, it has not been easy. I know what your saying, Ess, stop complaining, you will be fine. And I know I will be. But it’s more than just back to work, it’s BACK TO THE RAT RACE OF CORPORATE AMERICA. Having that break was needed and to have to jump right back in it, is no longer ideal and not the normal for me anymore. So it has taken me a moment to transition into something I was comfortable and safe with. Besides it was nice getting laundry done and going exercising during lunch breaks and being able to sit in my sweats with a t-shirt while doing work.
So what are some ways to adjust to having to transitioning to certain places, spaces, and among people, e.t.c especially when you have became comfortable with the current state?
Breathe – My favorite. The night before the transition, breathe deeply. The day has come and it’s time to prepare yourself. Everything is going to be alright.
Prepare the physical aspect of your body: The way you start your mornings will set the tone of the rest of the day. Wake up early, sip your coffee/tea at your own pace. Eat breakfast. Go for a quick walk if you wake up early enough or take walks/breaks during lunch to break up the day.
Prepare your Soul- Pray – I don’t know about you, but the moment I leave my house or get in my car, I have to talk to my most high. Only he will help me get through the day. Listen to a funny radio show in the car or a motivational song, sermon, or speech. Your soul needs to be realigned with whatever comes your way so that you don’t respond, but react well under any pressure, stress, coworker personalities, all of the above.
Prepare Your Mental Space- Declutter some space if needed. Maybe something that you thought you needed, you can discard or remove it. Make your space yours again. Respectfully request those around you to give you some time to adjust back into a new normal of what was a normal space. Check emails from home before you go to work, school, e.t.c so that you can respond in peace without interruption. Bring headphones ( if your company allows it).
Last but not least, TAKE IT EASY. Don’t be hard on yourself. Remember your goals and why you are there. It’s hard to focus on the end results when sometimes it seems so far fetched, but remember we are all dealing with the same pandemic and everyone is going to respond and react differently. Make sure you pace yourself, adjust accordingly, and once again, BREATHE.