The Whole You

Resource 1: A Gentle Guide to Postpartum Fitness

Resource 2: The Balancing Act of Returning to Work

Returning to work after maternity leave can feel like stepping into a balancing act between the professional world and the beautiful chaos of family life. It's a journey of rediscovery, finding your footing in the familiar rhythms of your career while embracing the new melody that parenthood has composed in your life's symphony. It's about resilience, embracing change, and navigating the challenges with grace and determination. As you embark on this next chapter, remember that it's okay to feel a mix of emotions—excitement, apprehension, and even a touch of nostalgia for the moments spent at home. Embrace the growth, celebrate your strengths, and know that you're not just returning to work; you're evolving into a version of yourself that beautifully combines the roles of a professional and a loving parent. You've got this!

  • Seek Flexible Options

    Explore flexible work arrangements, such as modified hours, remote work, or a phased return if possible. Having flexibility can ease the transition and help manage the demands of both work and home.

  • Communicate Your Needs

    Openly communicate your needs and concerns with your employer. Discuss any adjustments or accommodations that might help ease your return to work, such as a quiet space for pumping if breastfeeding.

  • Delegate and Ask for Help

    Don't hesitate to ask for help from your partner, family members, or friends. Delegating tasks can help lighten your load and create more time for yourself.

  • Set Realistic Expectations

    Understand that it's okay to feel overwhelmed initially. Set realistic expectations for yourself both at work and at home, and be patient with yourself as you adjust.

  • Plan Ahead and Organize Childcare

    Before returning to work, gradually adjust your schedule by practicing waking up and getting ready around the time you'll need to start work. This helps your body and mind get used to the routine. Ensure you have reliable childcare arrangements in place that you trust. Feeling confident about your child’s care can alleviate stress while you're at work.

  • Take Care of Yourself and Take Breaks

    Prioritize self-care to maintain your physical and mental well-being. Get enough sleep, eat healthily, exercise, and practice stress-reducing activities like meditation or yoga. Incorporate breaks into your workday to relax, recharge, and manage stress. Stepping away from work, even for a few minutes, can boost productivity and well-being.

If you are experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder and would benefit from additional leave from work, please consult with your therapist and/or doctor regarding FMLA/short term disability possibilities!