When that time comes for a mother to return to the world of work clothes and coffee without distractions at work, many feel a bit anxious. Most women wonder how they will be able to harmonize their mommy obligations with everything that comes with going to work. Although we can’t say it’s the easiest thing in the world, there are ways to make it all work well. Here are the 5 secrets for a successful return to work after maternity leave.
How to get ready to return to work after maternity leave
#1 Devise a solid plan for taking care of your child
For most mothers, a child is just about the most important thing in her life. As a result, the biggest dread for a mother her baby not being well cared for. Returning to work after maternity leave will bring some professional challenges, on which a mom will need to be entirely focused. As a mother, you need to make a solid plan for taking care of your child while you are away.
A preschool or kindergarten is most families’ first choice. People that work at these child care centers are professionals who will properly care for your kid and teach them a lot. The children who go to preschool make many friends there and have a lot of fun playing with other kids. Of course, it will take some getting used to as well as some skills to be able to participate in activities. But most children overcome initial difficulties fast and fit in nicely.
#2 Do home chores according to a schedule
While you were on your maternity leave, you didn’t need a strict schedule of daily activities, especially when it came to cleaning. However, when you throw work in the mix, a mom’s day seems to become twice shorter. So you’ll need detailed scheduling to do it all on time.
Some activities, such as cleaning, will have to transition from daily to weekly. When you return home from work, you will be tired, so sorting your closet, gardening, or ironing piles of clothes won’t be possible.
These activities become even more complex and tiring if you live in a small home with insufficient storage space. On the other hand, too much stuff everywhere is a sign you may consider a move to a bigger house, especially with a growing family. If you notice you constantly deal with clutter and space constraints, it might be the time for this significant change.
#3 Give your confidence a little boost by looking your best
Feeling nervous about returning to work and having low self-esteem is natural. But looking good makes you feel good and boosts your confidence. Therefore, for the sake of your well-being, give yourself the beauty treatment you ultimately deserve. Start with the usual hair and make-up, and do your nails too.
Most women’s bodies change after pregnancy. Returning to work is not the time to force yourself into your old clothes that don’t fit. Instead, do a little pre-return-to-work shopping to feel your absolute best walking down those office building corridors.
#4 Getting enough rest is crucial for a successful return to work after maternity leave
This is the most straightforward advice and the hardest to follow. In a desire to successfully re-integrate into the business world without any consequences to the family life, a woman can forget her basic needs. But you must remember that you are not a machine. Your body needs rest to be better for your loved ones and your company. So if you want to achieve what is possible as a working mother, not getting enough sleep is a deal-breaker.
To be sure you will go to bed on time, put that in your evening routine schedule and treat it as a task just as important as tending to your baby’s needs. Tired people make mistakes that can have enormous consequences (as enormous as workplace fatalities when work is performed without a safety focus). When bedtime comes, prioritize stopping all other tasks and hit the sheets. You have probably done the essential activities already, so the rest is fine with waiting until tomorrow.
#5 Go easy on yourself; you don’t have to be perfect
The last of the 5 secrets for a successful return to work after maternity, but not least, is one all-time truth you mustn’t forget. You don’t have to be perfect. Neither as a mother nor as an employee. That is something no one expects from you because no one is perfect.
Are you wondering whether you are a good mother? Well, that is a sign you are! Your child will never judge you if you forget to do something or are a bit late. Your boss knows the number of your new responsibilities and the time you have been away from work. They don’t expect an above and beyond brilliant performance everywhere. What is expected is that you do the best you can muster at the time.
Putting too much pressure on you can impact your mental health, so avoid this. But if you are still feeling tense, don’t hesitate to get some help. Your mind works similarly to any other vital organ and calls for treatment when it struggles. Those usually come in the form of professional help or support from friends and family.
The critical thing to remember about a successful return to work after maternity leave is that organization, trust, and patience are the keys to it. Do your best and trust yourself; you will achieve greatness in all your roles in time.
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