Again to the (new) regular: put together your self for the beginning of faculty and work this fall semester
This fall, going back to school (or going to work, or anywhere else) this fall will be far from common. Things have obviously changed a lot of since colleges and universities, offices and other workplaces as well as elementary schools have taken a major hiatus, starting with the emergence of Covid-19 in March last year.
Whether you were completely locked up at home or luckily you were close to some local parks and beaches that allowed visitors to get back to normal life, daily life could be a bit of a shock to your system.
Your brain is likely still foggy after all your free time, or you are worried about transitioning from work or home study to returning to the office or classroom.
Wherever you are going this fall, we have some tips, tricks, and useful reminders to keep you posted as you navigate the outside world. Don't worry, we won't make it too complicated. A lot of these back to school and work things are pretty straightforward too, but we know you may need a little refresher course as you meander your way through the new normal.
Remember we are all together
Before you panic and wonder how to keep it together, remember that if you feel anxious, you are not alone. The whole world just went through a pandemic together and it's not quite over yet. Everyone is a little nervous and unsure of what to do next.
If you mention your nervousness to a close colleague or classmate, you will likely breathe a sigh of relief as your coworkers are likely to be hoping that if they feel a little freaky, they too are not alone. While keeping your distance and putting on your mask, don't forget to turn to your surroundings (without actually being within range). The more we can lean on each other, the better everyone will feel and the more we can all move forward together.
NHS England has some suggestions when your worries about starting school or starting work get in the way of your daily life.
Speaking of masks, don't forget yours!
Depending on where you are in the world, you may be surrounded by obsessive mask wearers or wondering why you are the only person wearing one.
To protect your health, don't feel embarrassed or fearful, even if you are the only person doing it, wear a mask to class or to work. The people around you have the right to choose whether or not they consider wearing masks necessary at this point in the pandemic, but you also have the right to keep your distance from those who choose to go without a mask .
For your own safety and the safety of those you may live with, we recommend that you always wear your mask when you are out and about.
Read more about the Johns Hopkins Medicine guidelines how to properly use your mask to maximize its protective benefits.
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Just take it upon yourself
Whether you find yourself looking for assignments and projects or feeling exhausted just thinking about checking your inbox, do your best not to overwhelm yourself with classes or work right away.
It's understandable that after that weird summer of isolation and the long break from pretty much everything we normally do, your brain may not be in tip top shape. Now is definitely the time to slow down and make sure all of your loose ends are tied up before you send that email or submit that big project.
Check your math and grammar, clean up your email inbox, and don't forget to check your spam. Read again what you wanted to send to your teacher or boss. Plan as far in advance as possible so that you can take your time and not rush through your work.
You might even be mentally exhausted before class or work starts this fall because you've just been through an extremely stressful pandemic.
If you feel more forgetful, tired and clumsy than usual, or just feel "out", Healthline has a few tips for, as they say, "fry" brains.
Keep your mind on top of the basics of a healthy day
We know it's been a while since you last had a "normal" day. You may have forgotten some of the simplest practices that ensure a clear mind and body year round.
If you're struggling to get a good work or study routine, you don't have to run a marathon or cook a 3-course meal to get your body and brain going again (unless that's your thing, of course) .
National American University's amazing Canadian chapter prescribes 7 easy activities to keep your study habits moving.
When you've lost all hope of focusing, try doing a 10-minute meditation, quickie exercise routine, or a short walk in the open air to center yourself. Drinking a glass of water or having a small snack can also be the cure when your body is low on moisture or nutritional energy. When all else fails, a nap might be just the thing to freshen up your old head.
Seriously, it's that simple folks.
Create an honest discussion with your manager
Your teachers or supervisors at work have a responsibility to protect you. If you are unsure how to handle daily activities, classes, or other related personal communications, start a conversation with an email.
If you haven't already, your concern will likely open the door to discussions that will benefit and affect your colleagues at school or work. Managing a classroom or group of employees requires many workarounds and exceptions to keep everyone safe.
However things go together, your supervisors must have plans to maximize your learning and success without putting you and your co-workers at risk.
The American Center for Disease Control has compiled a checklist For elementary school students and their parents who are concerned about protecting against COVID in schools. However, these principles of safety can also be of great value to anyone who re-enters daily life this fall season.
The dots are great conversation starters when talking to teachers or employers.
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Colleen began her sexual wellness career as a sex toy educator in manufacturing and retail. Since then, she has settled down as a writer and marketer, covering all facets of sexual health and anatomy. At Intimina, she specializes in women's medical care and health, menstruation, sex and pregnancy, and birth control. Colleen often consults with top sex educators and intimate wellbeing experts to keep abreast of the ever-changing realm of sexual wellbeing.