Juggling a full-time job with a new born baby is definitely a challenge but one that's truly rewarding when you come to realise the power you hold to bring a new life in the world. Maternity leaves are short-lived and the idea of being away from your baby for too long is the long distance relationship nobody loves. You may feel a flood of emotions come your way at the end of your maternity leave. You might be excited to step out of the house, but may also feel sadness and guilt to leave you little one at home. It will not be an easy feat for sure but you would be glad to know that many parents do it skillfully with planning and persistence. We too have curated a list of a few easy tips to follow to make a smooth work-life balance with the office and your newborn.
7 Things To Follow For A Healthy Work Life Balance
1. Make A Calendar
You need to make a family calendar of all the family members. Their work appointments, schedules and commitments need to be in one place and maintaining a diary of all the details will be handy and helpful. Every week you can go through the calendar to get an idea about the whereabouts of the family, so that your baby's schedule, doctor's appointments, can be sorted out.
2. Healthy Relationship With The Caregiver
The caregiver can be anyone, a full-time house help, a nanny or simply the baby's grandparents. The caregivers spend the most of the time with the little ones and therefore you need to have a relationship of trust and honesty with them. In case you are hiring a full-time help or nanny, make sure to check the background and recommendations of the hired. Also communicate your expectations from them as elaborately as possible.
3. Stick To A Routine
Fix your day and night time routine as much as possible. Babies love to have a routine too. So, keep it as organised as possible so that you do not miss out on the important commitments.
4. Get Support At Work
Make sure to have an honest relationship with your employer. Be clear of your health, illness if any, leave policies, etc.to avoid a stressful work environment. Let your team know about any doctor's appointments in advance to avoid any last-minute problems. Keeping transparency at work will only help you keep the load off your head.
5. Have A Backup Sitter
Having a full-time house help or nanny is still not enough. There may be times when you are overburdened with work, all the other family members are busy and your nanny decides to take an off. Have a backup sitter for such times to avoid any fiasco.
6. Plan All The Meals In Advance
Planning a breakfast, lunch and dinner and giving the details to your home chef is definitely a task any working person would relate to. So instead of wasting a part of your day on deciding on what to eat the next day, prepare a weekly meal plan instead and stick by it.
We know that finding time for yourself to do your favourite activity will not be on your agenda. But we cannot emphasize on how important finding that time really is. Choose any activity which will sooth and refresh your mind and try to practice it at least 3 to 4 times a week. Attend a pottery class or an art session if that makes you happy.
We hope you find our list useful. Do comment below with any more tips for new moms.