Managing Work-Life Balance After Maternity Leave

Returning from maternity leave can be both overwhelming and nerve-wracking for working mothers. With all of its new pressures to manage, returning can feel daunting at first but by taking steps to maintain work/life balance successfully you will ensure successful reintegration into the workplace. With proper planning and understanding of any challenges encountered along the way, managing both time and energy effectively should become achievable goals.

1. Planning Your Return. 

To achieve a work-life balance after maternity leave, the first step should be planning your transition back into work. Depending on how long it has been since your last shift at work, there may be changes to your office or job duties that need familiarizing with. Taking some time prior to returning can ease this adjustment process and ensure a successful start back on the right foot. It’s also essential to identify any accommodations needed as part of motherhood while discovering any available resources at your place of employment.

2. Utilizing Daycare Solutions.

After you’ve identified any workplace accommodations that need to be made, it’s time to think about childcare options. Daycare or preschool is an ideal choice for working mothers as it provides a safe and secure learning environment for children while also allowing parents to maintain their professional obligations. Researching nearby preschools or daycares can help you get a feel for the quality of care available and begin making arrangements to enroll your child. Many employers are aware of the needs of working mothers and may provide subsidized childcare options through employee benefits packages, so make sure to check into those resources as well.

3. Establish a Support System.

Working mothers need an adequate support network in place, and should rely on family, friends and coworkers for emotional, physical and financial assistance as needed. Don’t be intimidated to ask for assistance and take advantage of available resources; online forums or support groups may provide an ideal venue for connecting with mothers who have similar experiences to your own so that you can share strategies for success together.

4. Making Time for Self-Care.

One of the key aspects of work-life balance is prioritizing your own well-being as a working mother. Although you often put others’ needs before your own, make sure you set aside regular time just for you – maybe attending yoga class or going out for dinner with friends; make sure there’s time in your schedule just for yourself each week!

5. Establish Boundaries and Priorities. 

It is crucial that when returning from maternity leave it is set boundaries and prioritized. Identify which tasks or responsibilities you can manage on a day-by-day, weekly and monthly basis while remaining realistic about what needs to get done. Be sure not to neglect your home life in this process by setting aside time for family activities or simply spending quality time together; let your co-workers know of any deadlines or times of day related to childcare obligations that must be honored as soon as possible.

Managed work-life balance after maternity leave may seem impossible, but with proper preparation and support it is certainly achievable. Make time to focus on yourself before heading back into work while at the same time taking care of your family – consider finding resources that provide assistance, set boundaries, and invest time in activities that bring joy – managing time and energy efficiently can become reality with just a little effort and planning!

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Jodi Carlson is a mother of 2 children, wife, and a full time product owner at a large Insurance company. She is a mom just trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. She shares countless tips and tricks of things she has experienced first hand with her kids. As she continues to guide and teach them to become caring, sensible and responsible human beings, all while working a full time job, maintaining a home and some how still allowing for some personal time and growth. Are you a Girl Scout Leader? Along with Mom Connecting Moms, she shares her 25+ years of Girl Scout experience over at Leader Connecting Leaders , there she shares ideas and resources to help leaders who are inspiring girl leaders of tomorrow plan their troop meetings. Check out Leader Connecting Leaders .