How To Return To Work After Having a Baby Without Exhausting Yourself

Friday, October 4, 2019
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Plenty of parents decide that the best thing for them and their family is to go back to work after taking some time off to care for their families. While this might not be the ideal situation for many people, there are people who both want or have no choice but to head back to work when their kids are young. The struggle that many new parents have is trying to juggle work and family. After all, doing either of those things on their own can often lead to you feeling pretty run down. Trying to do both can leave you completely exhausted.

Exhaustion might just seem like a problem because it means that you lack the energy to do the things that you really want to do, and that's definitely true, but the dangers that it presents to your health can be much more significant than that. Exhaustion can lower your immune system, making your more susceptible to illness, as well as causing weight gain, depression, and a whole host of other symptoms.

Fortunately, it doesn't need to be that way. Your health is incredibly important to your ability to be a good parent so, in order to keep you running at one-hundred-per cent at all times, here are some methods for going back to work while also taking care of a baby.

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Prioritize Sleep
This might sound like the most ridiculous advice to give a parent of a baby. After all, one of the things that most of us come to terms with when we have kids is that a long, uninterrupted night's sleep is a thing of the past. However, that doesn't need to be the case. As your baby gets a little older, there are actually quite a few things that you can do in order to help them, and you, start to sleep through the night. Sleep training is a tough process but it's most definitely a valuable one. If you're wondering, what is sleep training, then it's pretty much exactly what it implies. It's training your baby to fall asleep on their own and stay asleep. It can take time and a lot of effort, but it's well worth it in the end.

Work From Home
As a new parent, you learn quickly that babies do not keep to a schedule. In the early days of parenting, it's pretty common to find yourself losing all sense of time. This means that getting up early every morning so that you can drive to work can be a real challenge. Doing this can often leave you having far less sleep than you really need. Having a baby is always going to result in a lack of sleep, but there are few things more dangerous that getting behind the wheel of a car after only a few hours rest.

From blogging to sales, there are a lot of different jobs that you can do from home, rather than driving to an office every day. There are benefits to telecommuting, particularly as a new parent. For one thing, work-at-home jobs often allow you to be more flexible with your working hours. Rather than having to fit a standard nine-to-five schedule, you can work when the time is right for you. This means that you can get the rest you need without sacrificing your ability to work. Working from home also helps you avoid one of the toughest things for a new parent, leaving your baby. Separation from your baby can be incredibly tough for both of you and working from home allows you to earn a living without having to leave them with someone else. Of course, with something so cute and lovable right there at all times, it'll take a lot of hard work to avoid getting distracted too often!

Go Part-Time
One of the best things that you can do in order to avoid causing yourself to collapse from exhaustion is to reduce your working hours. Figure out with your partner what you actually need in order to be financially stable. There's a chance that you won't actually find yourself needing to work full time in the first place. That way you can spend a few hours each day, or a couple of days a week, working and earning a living, then the rest of your time can be spent taking care of yourself and your little one. This means that you keep your energy levels up so that not only do you feel better but you're going to be able to bring more to both your work and your parenting.

Working a couple of days a week but being full of energy and life is going to make to far more productive than slogging into the office every day like some sort of zombie. Similarly, it means that you've got far more energy to spend taking care of your baby. Let's face it; parenting can be hard enough without trying to do it when all you want to do is keel over and fall asleep! Before you have the baby, determine if going part-time is financially feasible. If it is, ask your employer if it's an option to work part-tim

Far too many parents neglect their health when they first have a baby because there are just so many other things to think about. our children needs us to be in the best shape possible in order to take care of them. As important as it is to be able to make a living, nothing is more important than your ability to function and take care of what is most important.

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