Concerned about getting back into work after having children? Read our confidence boosting tips
Becoming a mum is life-changing so it’s not surprising if you feel a little differently about yourself when getting ready to go back to work.
At a glance
- A mini makeover can boost your confidence
- It can be overwhelming, but remember you're not alone
- Focus on the positives, it'll help if you have a wobbly moment
The more practical arrangements you make before going back to work, the more confident and in control you will feel. Check out our Back to Work Countdown to make sure you’re feeling on top of your game.
Yep. We know it’s a bit shallow but a mini-makeover can really make all the difference to how you feel. And it doesn’t have to break the bank. A new haircut, some new tops, or a pair of killer heels can make you feel better about yourself. If you’re on a budget you can borrow from friends or hit the charity shops
Some of us can feel a bit overwhelmed in the first few weeks back at work and it’s easy to start beating ourselves up. Keeping a diary of all your positive achievements – however big or small - can be a great way to focus on the positive. Include everything from getting to work or picking the children up on time, to making dinner, attending a meeting or making a phone call that you were nervous about.
Spend some time thinking about your strengths and the emotions you want to feel. Write positive mantras on post-it notes and stick them all over the house. If you have a wobbly moment, repeat your mantra until you’re feeling calmer. Research mindfulness and meditation as this can also help with stress-relief and reduce anxiety.
There is a wealth of support out there for working mums. From forums such as your Bounty Community, to self-help books and articles – not forgetting your nearest and dearest. A great trick is to ask those closest to you what they most admire about you. Write them an email or text message, keep their replies and look at them when you’re feeling uncertain. Talk to friends and family about how you are feeling and let them reassure you. Remember that most mums feel the same way when returning to work so you are not alone.
Feeling worried about being a working mum? Read our six golden rules for happier working mums here. Want to go back to work but not sure what options would work best for you? Check our advice on working at home and flexible working.