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How to Overcome Back to Work Anxiety

Updated on September 10, 2017
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Back To Work Anxiety
Back To Work Anxiety

One of the best things which can happen to you at your work place is going on vacation leave. The moment is anticipated and the days to your departure is on the count down. Then once that day finally arrives, you are has happy as a horse whose hay is soaked in beer. After all, you deserved that much needed vacation leave and you probably hate your job anyway. So while on leave from office your life has totally changed. There are no early get ups in the morning to beat the hectic traffic. You can make the breakfast of your choice after years of dried toast and coffee. You can go out and tend to your lovely plants in the morning and speak to them and ensure that they are OK. If you have pets, it will be a joy and splendour to them knowing that you are there all day to give them that special attention. But the best part is this, you have trips and vacations planned. You saved up enough to visit the Caribbean to enjoy that white sand beaches and just being lousy all day while still enjoying yourself. You get used to not telling everyone good morning and you get to drink whenever you choose. Yes, it is a nice life being on vacation leave from your office, but when your vacation time is dwindling down, this is where the back to work anxiety begins to kick in.

You begin to think about how cool your life is away from the office and then you start to think on the stress of going back to work and fitting back into the system. Some of The biggest contribution to back to work anxiety though are the following factors:

  • Hate Your Job
  • Job becomes Boring and repetitive
  • You hate your working colleges
  • The Pay is not sufficient
  • Your boss gives you a rough time
  • You have never been promoted
  • The Work place physical environment is depressing.
  • Getting To Work is like solving Rubik’s Cube

Imagine you are faced with all those negative factors above going back to work. You will get depressed and your vacation end will be one that you simply can’t help to regret. But you know you do have to resume working, after all, it is that job that still puts food on the table. But you can do a few things to lessen the anxiety of going back to work to maintain your sanity.

Back To Work Anxiety
Back To Work Anxiety

1. Change/upgrade Your Closet

After going on that long vacation leave, why go back to work in those old used to threads? Those old work closed are soaked with all the reasons why you don’t want to go back to work in the first place. Get a few new clothing that none of your co-workers have seen before. Be a bit fashionable and get that fresh new look as though it is your first time stepping into your office and things are great.

2. Create New Goals

If you feel you are going back to work in a dead end job that has little to no motivation, one of the best things to do is to basically create your own set of goals and achievements which is aligned to the mission of the organization of course. Once you do this it well help you to look forward to working positively towards something which you have set your own reward for. This will also help you to stay focus and not see the work as just a means to an end, but realizing yourself as piece of the whole puzzle.

3. Create new Ways of Doing Old Things

Many people gets bored in their jobs because of repetitiveness. They go to work all day every day and doing the “Step Process”. Eg. Step 1. Place board in machine. Step 2. Close Machine, Step 3. Start Machine.

They do this every day for many years. This is bound to create a long streak of boredom for anyone. We do however realize that in manufacturing environment, things are pretty standard. The step process is critical for correct output and of course safety. But there are many other working environments where your output is solely based upon your work which probably can be achieved by doing it another fun and exciting way.

4. Think Positive

This is not as difficult as it sounds. Going back to work surely requires that you have a different outlook on things. The raise you asked for last year and did not get. Try putting that back in your pipeline and work towards that. Do something a little extra when you resume office consistently. Ensure that it is recognized by those who can affect a raise.

5. Get a Complete Body Massage

A massage will help to loosen your muscles and release those areas which may have high tension. Tension is a contributor to headaches and other pains. It is caused from stress, anxiety and other factors. A full body massage will help you to relax and to refocus your energy so you can get back into office feeling ready and relaxed.


We spend most of our lives at our place of work. We work long hard hours to complete our tasks. We most certainly deserve the time when we get to be away from the office. It gives us that chance to reflect, relax and enjoy a different part of our lives.When we get to realize and appreciate that other aspect of our lives other than work. It creates a kind and comforting feeling which you may never want to let go of. Unfortunately not all of us can stay home and go sailing and vacationing all year round. We have to go back to work. We have to overcome that back to work anxiety and get the ball rolling once more.

Back To Work Anxiety
Back To Work Anxiety


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      Clive Williams 7 months ago from Jamaica

      Thats a bit sad Venkatachari M

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting topic. I had been through this back to work anxiety many times during my employment period. But, my case was a different one. I was never allowed frequent leaves. So I had to skip office with the excuse of sickness and then spend many days on leave. So, my anxiety was even more stressful than your reasons as I had to first please my bosses and then complete most of the pending work quickly to please them. It happened often with me during my 30 years service and with no fruitful promotions in my service.

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      Clive Williams 7 months ago from Jamaica

      Yes Flourish, sometimes a job change is indeed necessary.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      So many people don't take their vacation time and instead forfeit it. At least you're taking yours. When people truly dread going back to work, there's a point at which they need to reassess where they work. You give people some good options until they figure out whether they want to make a job change.

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      Clive Williams 7 months ago from Jamaica

      Thanks MsDora

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      Dora Weithers 7 months ago from The Caribbean

      I'm sure that these tips would be very helpful. Numbers 2 and 3 are proven. Thank you for sharing.