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7. Prepare for the first days, weeks, months back at work

Step 7 of 9 in getting ready to return to work:

 

Prepare for your first day, first week, first month back at work

Expect to be tired. Everyone who is off work for some time loses stamina.

  • Go in ahead of time and orient yourself.
  • Reacquaint yourself with colleagues ahead of time.
  • Reduce your non-work demands during the first weeks and months.
  • Prepare food ahead of time, clean your house, manage expectations, re-allocate tasks, reduce social obligations on workdays, and ask for help from friends and family members.
  • Be realistic about your expectations for yourself and discuss this with your family and friends. Identify which home duties need more or less attention or time.

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Step 8: Monitor your progress

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