Good friendships at work can aid people’s mental wellbeing and engagement, even during hybrid and home working, argues Dr Samantha Peters.

So, here we are at the end of a long, hard, painful journey. Life’s returning to normal. But will we bounce back?

Emerging data suggests we have the resilience needed. Studies tracking our psychological distress during the pandemic show that while it increased at key points, each time life resumed normality, emotions followed suit. We felt better.

This is good news. It foretells a post-pandemic boost. All well and good, right? Only not quite…

Because a wellness resurgence doesn’t necessarily mean a complete recovery. Bouncing back is common after national disasters; however, our feelings rarely reach their previous state. In this case, wellbeing has indeed lifted, but not to pre-pandemic levels. So, almost normal, but not quite.

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