Lots of you will be already back in your job and for others, it’s just around the corner. It’s a gut-wrenching feeling. Yet mothers everywhere experience this anxious sense of foreboding after taking time off work to raise their babies and children when they return to their jobs.
And it doesn’t always go away as soon as you return. LinkedIn Research states “60% of working mothers who returned to work say it was challenging to re-enter the workforce.”
So we get it. We do.
But you’d never probably know it when you see those colleagues that you work with who have children and have returned after maternity leave or taking a career break We get good at hiding it…but it consumes us… from the inside.
There are so many demands on mothers returning to work, yet for some they’re expected to return as if nothing has changed. When in reality, everything has changed.
So you might be feeling this weird sense of loss from being away from your job. You’ve gotten into a new routine at home with your children, maybe enjoying the late nights and possibly getting up later in the morning. You’ve got used to this new way of living in lockdown that has changed you and your priorities. It may have also changed the way you see yourself doing the job you’re about to return to and that sense of ‘I’m not ready’ is felt by so many mothers around the world everyday.
It can play havoc with your self-confidence and you may have these new beliefs that you’ll not be able to focus 100% or that you might not remember what the hell you actually do now.
These are the very real thoughts of a mother returning to her job that sadly internalises, hidden behind a smile when you see her making her third cup of coffee of the day.
I am passionate about supporting mothers emotionally, physically and mentally return to work with their heads held high, with a reignited confident feeling of ‘I’ve got this’ and with a sense of being prepared and not being afraid to reach out and ask for help rather than drowning in their own desperation and despair.
This is what I do.