The collective challenge of this unprecedented time in our lives is to stay safe. COVID-19 has created remarkable issues. We have all been impacted—from experiencing devastating loss to navigating ongoing changes in our personal and professional lives. Reentering our workplace will pose additional challenges.
Although the psychosocial effects of COVID-19 are predicted to last well after the physical pandemic has ended, the good news is that humans have a remarkable history of overcoming adversity. We possess agility and capacity to persevere and to innovate. We are all returning having had different experiences. Some individuals will return stressed while others will return reenergized, some will not even return. Understanding psychosocial challenges and utilizing self-care strategies are important to minimize negative reentry impacts and maximize resilience and the potential for post-traumatic growth.