DENVER (CBS4)– If you are someone with a return to work date looming over your head, you might be a little anxious to leave the comfort of your home and return to a work environment that involves a lot of uncertainties. It can take some time to get back to the routine, whether it’s getting up a little earlier, dealing with more traffic on your morning commute, or even figuring out how to leave your pet at home for a while. work hours.
Jen Jackson, assistant program manager, licensed clinical social worker and licensed addiction at the Denver Center for Mental Health, says people are putting a lot of pressure on themselves with expectations as they move towards this “new normal.”
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“I feel like people are nervous about other people’s expectations and other people’s judgments, and I think we need to understand that the judgments and expectations we have are self-imposed,” Jackson explained. “So, don’t forget to be gentle with yourself as we come back in.”
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Jackson said it’s important to remember that if you’re feeling anxious about what’s to come, you’re not alone.
“I think the validation of standardization in this regard will go a long way. We all have a really normal reaction to a long series of abnormal events, ”she explained. “And have a buddy system, chat with that coworker ‘Hey, how are you feeling’ and I promise no one is alone in that case. No one gets it.”
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For more information on Denver Mental Health Center resources, visit: https://mhcd.org/.