Life is full of routine disruptions and transitions, but few are more difficult than going back to work as a new parent. Not only is your normal schedule flipped on its head, you’ll find a shift in priorities and much less time and sleep than you’re used to prior to baby. Because of this, beginning your work life can be stressful. Here are the best ways to ease back into work as a new parent.
Begin With Boundaries
Boundaries are an important aspect of work-life balance at any time, but the need becomes especially strong with your new family. If your schedule is modified or you’re working from home more, make sure your team has all the details of when you will and won’t be available.
Even if you’re used to checking and replying to emails in the evening, now might be the time to move away from that habit. Being able to give your family your full attention after work will help make the time matter, instead of being distracted by messages that can wait.
Find Good Childcare
One important way to ease your worrying throughout the day is to find childcare you can trust prior to returning to work. This isn’t a decision to make idly. Whomever you choose is responsible for caring for your child several hours a day, and you want to know your baby is in good hands.
If you don’t have the option of having a family member or someone you know watch the baby, ask around for suggestions and begin researching convenient childcare centers near home and work. By making your decision ahead of time, you can feel confident your child is in good hands.
Depend on Your Support System
While you are the one going through the process of leaving your child to go back to work, you don’t have to wade through all the emotions yourself. Open and honest communication with your partner friends, and co-workers in similar situations can help you share the weight and see you aren’t alone in your feelings.
Take Care of Yourself
The needs of your baby, family, and job are important, but you don’t want to lose yourself in the balancing act. Make sure you find time to take care of yourself, whether it’s a once-a-week class by yourself or a lunch away from your desk where you can find some peace.
Similarly, don’t beat yourself up when it gets hard and don’t assume you’re a failure or doing anything wrong. There will be hard times and you won’t automatically be perfect. Take the time to develop a rhythm and don’t worry about the timeline – adapting at your own pace is the right goal.
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