The thought of returning to work after maternity leave can be both dauthing and exciting. Whether it is full or part-time employment, some mothers worry about the demands of juggling work and motherhood while others look forward to it as a new chapter in their lives.
Its is advisable to plan what issues need to be addressed before returning to work. This will include:
- Have a discussion with your husband very early on. Previous plans may not necessarily be suitable currently. You need not take on all the tasks - these can be shared out with proper and realistic planning.
- Discuss with your employer about the possiblility of flexible working hours or returning to work part time for a couple of weeks intially. This will allow you and your spouse to have a trial of how your arrangements are shaping up.
- Do have regular discussions with your spouse on how you are coping with your work, family arrangements and your feelings. Its is also important to set aside time for your spouse.
- When at work, try not to over stress yourself by taking on too many extra responsibilities. A little stress may be possitive but too much could leave you feeling too tired at the end of a working day to spend quality time with your family. Priorities your work, organize your day and set limits on what needs to be done and what can wait.i
- Have frequent and open reviews with your superior. This will enable you to appear professional while allowing both parties the opportunity to raise issues earlyii. Do ask for help when needed; it is not a sign of weakness, rather a sign that you are realistic and hones with yourself and those you work with.
- Do plan time for yourself. Have time to catch up with your friends for lunch or tea and do talk about your feelings, whether it is about work or your role as mother. Regular exercise and eating properly is also necessary for keeping yourself healthyiii.
It is a new experience being a working mother. Be patient and kind to yourself. It may take some time to adjust to a routine that you will be comfortable with but with support and regular review, it will work out.