Tips for Getting Back to Work After Maternity Leave
Between changing nappies, breastfeeding, and post natal hormonal changes, getting back to work feels like a distant memory. While some mothers decide to give up their careers completely post pregnancy, many continue to multi-task. If latter is your decision and your maternity leave is coming to an end, here are some tips to ensure a smooth transition back to work.
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Don’t Feel Guilty
Whether and when you get back to work is a personal choice. In the end, everything boils down to one thing that what you believe is right for yourself and your baby. Even though you may feel guilty of not being around your little one when he/she needs you the most, let go of that guilt. Remind yourself that by getting back to work, you are only contributing and supporting your family. Once you have taken your decision, don’t beat yourself about it. Remember that there will be pros and cons with whatever you settle on. So acknowledge your decision and everything that comes along.
It’s certain that you will take a while to balance your new roles, but you will do it more quickly if your daily routine is organized and efficient. The best way to do so is to plan a couple of weeks before you are expected to resume work. If possible, arrange for your baby care to start at least a week early so that you can perform a trial run of your routine. Make home to-do lists and discuss with your partner and other people involved. And don’t forget to have a plan for any emergencies or unexpected circumstances such as, caretaker is absent or baby is unwell. Lastly, make sure to call up your colleagues to update yourself on current happenings on the work front.
Look for a Dependable Child Care
Before getting back to work, ensure that your baby is in safe hands. Grandparents at home is the safest bet, but if you don’t have that option, look for a good babysitter or a safe daycare having inspiring environment and qualified caregivers.
Talk to Other Mothers
This is perhaps one of the most important points. Remember that you are not the first one in this situation. Conversing with mothers who have been in similar situations is usually of great help. Not only will make you more aware of constraints, challenges, and realistic issues, at times it will also open up options you probably never thought of.
Even after pregnancy, ensure you consciously set aside some time to look after your own well-being and reward yourself. While it may be a little hard to practice this routine initially, determination can get you there. After putting your baby to bed, unwind and relax, and make sure to cut down on unnecessary commitments.
Overall, what is most important is to build a positive attitude towards work and life in order to enjoy it. At the end of each day let your baby know how excited you are to see him/her. Your little one might not understand your words, but will surely pick up on your emotions.