Therapist offers tips on how to ease the transition back to the office

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By , KYW Newsradio

As more people are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, a Philadelphia-area local mental health therapist is suggesting that people who have been working from home through the pandemic begin preparing for the transition back to the office.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 56 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, bringing workers one step closer to re-entering work spaces.

Therapist Angela Anderson says making that transition smooth requires people to allow themselves to be flexible and open to change.

"We forgot what normal looked like," Anderson said. "So I suggest that everybody be prepared to be honest with themselves and be easy on ourselves. Be honest about that we went through what we went through for the past year and it’s going to feel different."

She says its important to do self check-ins and to re-assess what "normal" means.

"There’s multiple versions of 'normal,' at this point. There are options. And within those options, it requires us to check in with what works best for us," Anderson said.

Anderson says, in this moment, people should ask themselves the hard questions, while being honest about the answers.

"Break things down to the studs. What really matters? What does the next version of ourselves look like?" she said. "And it may not look like what it did previously."

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