Back to Work Series: Wednesday

backtoworkLife as a working mom changes from week to week, but few weeks are as challenging as the first one back at work after maternity leave or an extended time at home.  Thus, I’m writing a 6-week series on the first week back at work:  what to expect, how to prepare, and how to get through it.


What to expect:  I’m not gonna lie.  This morning will be rough.  Aside from the physical tiredness of getting less sleep {and missing out on those afternoon maternity-leave naps, if that was your thing} you’ll also be dealing with the mental exhaustion of having to be “on” at work all the time – not to mention the emotional toll of being separated from your baby more than you’re accustomed to.

How to prepare:  Remember all those things you did to get ready for Monday?  Do them again.  The less you have to do this morning, the better.  Set your coffee pot on a timer to come on before you wake up.  You’ll need all the help you can get.

How to get through it:  For starters, watch the GEICO Hump Day commercial because, let’s be honest, that never gets old.  If you can, take a walk at lunch or during one of your breaks to get some fresh air and refresh yourself.  And repeating Tuesday’s mid-afternoon coffee break won’t hurt either.  Push through, knowing that you’re more than halfway done at the end of the day.  You can do this!

Coming up next week:  Thursday

Previous posts:  The Week Before, Monday, Tuesday


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