7 Tips for New Moms Transitioning Back to Work
Being a new mom is overwhelming and exhausting, so the idea of returning to work can be daunting. Along with finding childcare, there are many other things to consider as you transition back to work. In this article, we’ll share seven tips to help set you up for success.
1. Do a dry run (or two or three)
It’s a good idea to have your nanny come to your house for a few trial runs before starting work. This will give you an opportunity to practice your morning routine, time yourself, and allow you to identify other tasks the nanny can help with. These trial runs will also help with the emotional impact of leaving your little one so you’re not dealing with that on your first day back.
2. Make time for self-care
It’s important to take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Before returning to work, incorporate self-care into your routine to get into the habit. From taking a relaxing bath to reading a book, be sure to prioritize yourself.
3. Practice mindfulness
It’s natural to feel emotional about leaving your child, but practicing mindfulness can help you process those feelings. Mindfulness means accepting those emotions without judgment and remembering that you love your little one. If you’re not sure how to start, try a meditation challenge that teaches you to meditate in five minutes a day.
4. Determine (or refresh!) your values
When life gets overwhelming, it can be easy to forget why you’re doing something. Take a moment to determine your values and why you’re working. This exercise will help connect what you’re doing with why you’re doing it. And remember, you can be a great mom and a working mom.
5. Get support and ask for what you need
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice. Connect with other moms and don’t be too hard on yourself. Asking for help shows strength, not weakness.
6. Practicing saying no…without the guilt
It’s important to learn to say no effectively when you’re a working mom. Start by practicing with small things. Saying no with compassion can make it easier and more effective.
7. Prioritize sleep
Sleep is essential, but it can be tough to come by as a new mom. Try to protect your sleep by letting your partner help or investing in noise-cancelling earplugs or an eye mask. And remember, your phone is a sleep disruptor, so consider leaving it in another room.
By following these tips, new moms can make the transition back to work smoother and less stressful. It’s essential to take care of yourself and ask for help, so you can be the best mom and employee possible.