Returning to work after a long break can be daunting. It has been an incredibly strange time for everyone and we can all be forgiven for feelings of anxiety. This might be especially so if you have suffered redundancy, been on furlough, an unusual maternity leave or even just had to reduce your hours, resulting in a change of routine. Feelings of uncertainty, a lack of confidence and imposter syndrome can all surface when we experience change or a break from employment or our normal working routine.
Does the thought of picking up the phone to a client now make you feel nervous? Perhaps you have not felt this way before, and were previously very at ease in work and confident. Or perhaps these feelings have always been there but the comfort and safety of routine helped you manage them.
TalentYard are always here for you if you need some support. Perhaps a call to discuss your career options. It might be that you have had time to reflect and are looking for a change, or it might be that you would like some help with your CV or just a chat to see how things are for us in the marketplace.
Other things you can do which might help –
- Acknowledge the feelings. It is ok to feel the way that you do. Try to notice the feelings, and accept them. This won’t last forever. When we accept feelings and observe them objectively rather than being consumed by them, the intensity can dissipate.
- Speak to somebody. TalentYard are always here to help, but you can also speak to your boss, colleagues, family and friends or a professional such as a coach or mentor. Voicing it can help you to see a different perspective, and a way forward.
- Self care. This term in banded about a lot but in this context what we really mean is being kind to yourself. This has been an incredibly difficult year. Allow yourself grace for feeling the way you do. You are not alone. Imagine a friend came to you feeling the same way – what would you say to them? How would you support them? Offer yourself the same kind of support and kindness.
- Try not to let it stop you. Feel the fear, but do it anyway. You might surprise yourself. You did it before and can do it again, it might just be that you are out of practice. Get back in the saddle as much as you can, and it will eventually become second nature again.
- Practice! If the first time you make that call to the client and it doesn’t go as well as you had hoped, don’t worry! That’s ok. It is an opportunity to learn and be better equipped for the next time.
- Let go. Trying to control things only triggers stress and anxiety. If we release expectations and perfectionism we will approach things more calmly.
Remember – this has been a strange year and we are here for you. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and reach out and we will do all that we can to help you.
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