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Four tips for balancing motherhood and a full-time job
by Missy Jaramillo
After nine months of pregnancy, you're likely going to be fully devoted to your new role of being a mom. However, your maternity leave won't last forever - you'll eventually need to return to your full-time job, despite how much you would rather spend time with your little one. In between taking care of your newborn and trying to get some shut-eye, you're likely going to find it challenging to establish a work-to-life balance.
However, it's not impossible, and several women who have come before you have mastered motherhood while fulfilling career responsibilities. This doesn't mean it's going to be easy, but if you can tackle tough pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness, you can handle your job and being a mom! Here are some tips to help you get back on your feet after months of aches, nausea and late-night feedings.
1. Don't be afraid to ask for help
Before you had a baby, you might have felt like you could do it all - run errands, grocery shop, mop and make a gourmet meal every night for dinner. However, this is bound to change now that you have a little one at home. In between handling your full-time job and caring for your child, there might not be enough time in the day to complete all of these tasks. Shape magazine recommends seeking help when you need it around the house. This might mean hiring a landscaper to care for your lawn when you can't mow it or bringing in a professional cleaner to get rid of dust bunnies.
In the least, think about asking your spouse for assistance if household chores are becoming a burden. By splitting the responsibilities in your humble abode, you can relieve stress and be the best parent you can be to your child.
If you're not the most organized person in the world, you may want to step up your game to give yourself a greater chance of achieving a balance between parenthood and your career. You can begin by taking steps as small as investing in a day planner to schedule in your meetings, along with time for your baby. Writing down your obligations can help you prioritize them, keep them in order and increase the odds of all of your tasks being completed by the end of the day.
3. Don't feel guilty
It's not uncommon for new moms to feel guilty after the pregnancy calendar comes to an end, maternity leave runs up and it's time to return to work. After all, what mother doesn't want to be there for her child when he or she cries, gets hungry or needs a little snuggling? As a working parent, the fact of the matter is that it's impossible to be there every moment of the day for the infant. Acknowledging this can help individuals overcome their guilt and get back to establishing a healthy balance.
4. Take a step back
There's no guarantee that you won't have a few crying spells and moments of anger as you get used to the demands of motherhood and your career. The combination can lead to overwhelming anxiety, which can easily take its toll over time. However, you can keep stress from becoming problematic by giving yourself time away from your responsibilities, even if it's only for a few moments each day. Ask your partner to care for your newborn for a brief 15 minutes so you can clear your mind and release your worries.
How have you established a balance between parenthood and your career? Do you know any secrets to staying stress-free? Leave your feedback in the comments section!