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Dear Insight, COVID 19

When COVID-19 hit, my job went fully remote and everyone at my company worked from home. We have been doing this for almost two years now. My company just announced that we’re supposed to go back into the office in a couple of months. I find the thought of this terrifying. The thing is, I don’t remember how to be a normal human being anymore.

I feel awkward when I have random encounters with strangers at the grocery store or the post office. How is it going to be having to deal with in-person office politics again? Having to make small talk in the lunch room? Wearing office clothes again? I mean just that thought consumes me because none of my office clothes will fit me. I gained at least 20 pounds during quarantine. I can’t sleep thinking about this and I want to quit my job over it. What should I do?

Insight Therapy Solution clinician’s answer:

Living through a pandemic is not a situation that most have dealt with before; so like yourself, many are struggling with the rituals of returning to pre-COVID norms such as coming back into the office. After all this time of being away from others, it is understandable that going back to the office could be daunting. Try to give yourself some grace and patience in figuring out the process of what returning to the office looks like. This sort of change is not easy.

Consider the following in response to your questions:

  • Know that there are many coping skills available to help you when you feel distressed. Some examples can be found on this website: ADAA Tips.
  • The weight gain that you experienced is normal and it is nothing to be ashamed about. Yale Medicine - Quarantine 15 Weight Gain.
  • If you feel comfortable, contact your employer and discuss some of these concerns. There may be some flexibility regarding your in-office presence.
  • Getting the best care that you need is important for your healthy return back to normal life.

If you or someone you know is in need of therapeutic services or to get in touch with a healthcare professional, contact us now: Call us at (725) 444-5980 or schedule here a therapy session with a new or your current Insight Therapy Solutions’ clinician.

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