When you have just had a baby, work is last on your list of priorities. You haven’t slept in three weeks, your house could be declared a disaster zone, and your meals consist of anything that you can prepare and consume in ninety seconds or less. After a year of this, it can be tough to get back into the swing of things. Some new mothers say that when they return to work, they are different. Tasks that they used to complete with ease feel difficult. Here are some strategies that will help you stay sharp even when you’re up to your eyeballs in bottles and diapers.
Attend networking events. Getting dressed up in your business attire and introducing yourself professionally is a feat in itself. If you do this regularly, it will become less intimidating for you. Also, talking to people in your industry helps you keep current and may open up future opportunities.
Some new mothers say that when they return to work, they are different. Tasks that they used to complete with ease feel difficult.
Work a little bit. A new mother’s free time is precious, so it is understandable if you don’t want to spend any of that time working. However, if an opportunity comes your way where you can work a small number of hours doing something that you enjoy, why not seize it? You may find yourself looking forward to this “adult time” and sometimes it’s nice to do something that doesn’t involve bottles or diapers.
Take a course. When you are learning something new, you activate parts of your brain that are otherwise dormant. What better way to keep yourself sharp? Find a course that will help you build your business and see if it would be feasible for you. Many schools offer online options, which makes it easier for mothers with young children.
Read a lot. Even if your baby’s sleeping and feeding schedule doesn’t allow you to get out much, you can still read industry publications and keep up with what is happening in the world. When you’re not plugged in to what is going on around you, it won’t be long before you start to feel out of touch.
Stay in shape. The way that you feel about your appearance can make a huge difference in how you come across to others. If you are uncomfortable because you are still carrying weight from your pregnancy, people will pick up on it. Take a walk, do some sit ups, or whatever else you need to do to feel good about yourself. If you can look in the mirror and like what you see, then you’re exactly where you need to be.
Being a mother is not easy. It completely consumes you and leaves little room for anything else. There’s no doubt about it: your children are and should be your first priority. However, if you can carve out a little time for yourself and your career, you may feel more balanced and confident when it’s time to return to work.