Navigating the New Normal
If, like me, the thought of leaving your warm cocoon of a home office (something that over the past 12 months you have honed carefully so you are equidistant from the fridge and coffee machine) fills you with a little dread, you are not alone.
Emerging from the Home Office Cocoon
It’s hard to think back to a ‘normal’ office environment. Life has changed so much and with it, our working styles and habits. I now have four meals a day instead of three, rewarding myself with elevenses. I only have to wear jogging bottoms and a nice(ish) top to be respectably dressed and I have Dreams by Fleetwood Mac as my background music on repeat (the only judgement comes from the dog). Having a day full of virtual meetings, and an evening including ‘social’ after work drinks via video call, is now my norm.
As many of us brace ourselves for a new hybrid model of working from home and in the office flexibly, I think there are things I, personally, will miss about the convenience of working from home: never missing a delivery, running out to take the washing in if it starts to rain and a constant stream of snacks.
Bring back your routine
How will you adjust to this new normal? Imagine it like your workout routine. Alongside working flexibly, we are now training and exercising in a more flexible way. For the days spent working from home, Online+ workouts on the Virgin Active App are a great option and something you can access whenever suits you. For the days in the office, you could join us in club.
When it comes to returning to the office, take time to think about building back that routine before work, lunchtime or after work. It’s important to listen to your body and think about what your goals are - they could be quite different from 12 months ago.
What do you need now that you may not have needed back then? For me, a workout buddy is key… not only for support but to motivate me to show up.