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I think I might be depressed. I don’t want to go back to normal society where we’re in the office. But I’m sick of staying here at home, chained to a desk and feeling the harshness of our industry through a screen all day with no one to commiserate with. I feel trapped between realities

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Trapped between realities is such a perfect way to describe this weird ass time. I’m gonna get a therapist and buckle up.

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Buy a bike. Therapy can also help. Sounds like you need a little freedom. A bike can help with that.

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Highly recommend the new citi ebikes. I was never a biker, but this allows me to explore (without showing up to brunch sweaty).

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I think it took a long break from the office to realize the old way doing work wasn’t so great.

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I feel you. The last few weeks/month have been the lowest feeling I’ve ever experienced.

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Could you ask for 3 days in, 2 out?

highlyyyyy recommend therapy!! I started going in January and there’s so many subtle changes with how I perceive things. I know how hard it is to feel trapped and want to make a change but not knowing how to do it. It’s nice having someone advocating for you and holding you accountable for taking care of your mental health.

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I was there too. This isn’t related to going back to work but getting myself out and doing things again has helped with the anxiety of getting back to normal life. I really didn’t want to do it for a while there.

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I can’t really imagine going back to an office.

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Do you think we’re going back to full time in office 5 days per week?

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I’m thinking five days in office, 2 WFH.

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Same. I’m taking some PTO to chill out in the wilderness for a little bit.

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God I can’t wait to get back to the office. What’s your main concerns about it?

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Ah these make sense. I also like being alone, but I do think that in the long run being back in society will be beneficial to you. All the best.

Many people are feeling the same way you do including myself. I sincerely believe though this is a significant point in time for a reset. Those are not your only two options. If you don't like either of those realities, change it. Start living a true wfh life, where you take the same breaks you do as in an office in between tasks, where you revive small chit chat with co-workers (or seamless drivers or you'll or coffee guy or text your other friends if nobody avail at work). Or if you go back to the office place, leave whenever you feel overwhelmed or anxious. It's no longer a 9 to 5 life. Eat lunch outside and embrace your solo time. Hope you feel better.

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I’m finding I’m anxious and exhausted by renavigating social situations,But yesterday I saw some folks who are the type of people who you don’t have to try around. It was perfect. Also, find a doc. Try therapy. Don’t be scared of meds. If you’re clinically depressed, they can be a blessing and help make everything feel easier.

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