1. Practice your new routine before you start back
Try to get into the swing of things before you start back at work. Get your little one into a routine of getting up, fed and changed in time for when you’d usually leave the house. Talk your child through the changes about to happen so they are prepared for the new routine. If they aren’t old enough to understand the chat, focus on setting the routine in place.
2. Take care of yourself
In the lead up to and once back at work it’s important to take care of yourself. This includes getting enough sleep and eating well to ensure your body is strong enough to cope with the extra work you’ll be doing. Make sure you listen to your body and use weekends for relaxing and spending time with the family – try to see your weekends as a time to refuel and renergise for the week ahead.
3. Stay organised at work
Keep on top of your work so you don’t bring stress home with you. You might like to consider spending 15 minutes at the end of each day preparing for the next day, and doing the same at the beginning of each day to get yourself focussed.
4. Choose a childcare option you trust
Choose a childcare facility that you trust. Read reviews and talk to friends before signing your child up. It might also pay to visit the facility before making a decision. If you trust your childcare facility it will put you in a better position to focus at work and keep your performance at a high level.
5. Focus on the positives of working
If you’re feeling a little down or nervous about starting or being back at work it’s a good idea to try and focus on the positives – your relationships, socialisation in the office and the pay might be some positives you can focus on.