If you are joining millions of other new moms who are heading back to work after their maternity leave, read on for some helpful tips.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Your body and brain have undergone huge changes in the past year. Don’t expect to figure everything out in a week. Give yourself permission to find systems that work for you; even if that means failing along the way.
Meal planning. Whether it’s for a week, two weeks, or month at a time it’s worth it to sit down and make a plan. You don’t have to assign meals to certain nights. Just having a list of meals that you have ingredients for takes the pressure off. You can find some helpful tips here.
Have a stocked freezer for backup meals. There will be nights when you have frozen pizza for dinner. That’s okay. Keep easy meals stocked in your freezer for the nights when something unexpected happens (…..like colic) or you’re running low on energy.
Shop online for groceries. All the major grocery stores have curbside pickup. Take advantage! You don’t even have to get out of your car. And they have flexible hours so you can stop by on your way home from work if you have to!
The crockpot/instant pot is your friend. Take advantage of these wonderful appliances. Have a frozen already-cooked rotisserie chicken in your freezer? Throw it in the instant pot for 30 minutes to and hour and you have dinner! In the mood for some soup? Throw your ingredients in the crockpot before you leave for work and voila! You have dinner!
Meal prep for lunches. If you have a day that is slower paced, why not use an hour to put together lunches for the week? Store them in bento boxes so they’ll be easy to grab as you run out the door. It’s one less thing you have to worry about in your already-rushed morning.
Find time for yourself. Whether it’s a bath at the end of the day, getting a mani/pedi, reading a good book, or working out – find time for yourself.
What are your tips for new moms returning to work?