Mindset Tips for Returning to Work After Maternity
Posted: Friday September 10 2021
By: Abbie Coleman
Your maternity leave has disappeared in a blink of an eye, but it seems like an eternity since your last day at work.
Mindset Tips for Returning to Work After Maternity Leave
By Nicola Semple
Your maternity leave has disappeared in what feels like the blink of an eye, yet it seems like an eternity since your last day at work.
You have spent months making sure the arrangements are in place to allow your return to go as smoothly as possible.
You’ve agreed your working hours, organised childcare, stocked your freezer and unearthed your work wardrobe.
The day has come. It’s time to return and do your job.
For many women this is a daunting prospect. In a survey of more than 1,000 women run by MMB Magazine – 72 per cent of whom worked at management level or above – less than a fifth (18 per cent) felt happy and confident about returning to work.
Adequate support from your organisation is vital for a smooth return to your role, however there are steps that you can take to manage your mindset and build confidence about your return.
Identify Your Why
Why have you decided to return to your role after maternity leave? Perhaps:
- Your career is a large part of your identity
- You want to be a role model for your child and show them that it is possible to have a successful career and have a family
- Your motivations are purely financial, and you need to return to work to put food on the table or to create a lifestyle that is important to you.
All these reasons are perfectly valid.
Get clear on what is true for you. You are returning to work for a reason and that reason needs to stay front and centre of your mind to keep you motivated.
Realistically, there will be moments when you question whether you have made the right decision to return to work. At this point you need to focus on why your why and use that to gain perspective.
# Mindset Tips for Returning to Work After Maternity Leave