Returning to Work Postpartum: Tips from a Postpartum Anxiety Therapist for Handling Postpartum
Having your baby was a major life change. So, it’s only natural that returning to work after maternity leave can feel overwhelming. You might feel pulled in a million different directions. You’re trying to be the best possible mom, while also giving your all at work. It’s natural to feel a sense of anxiety and even guilt. However, postpartum anxiety can make this transition much harder than it needs to be. So, in this blog, we will discuss postpartum anxiety therapist-recommended tips for handling postpartum anxiety. These will cover strategies you can use before and during your return to work.
Understand What You’re Working With
This may seem like common sense, but understanding what postpartum anxiety is will help you work with it. It’s different from the “baby blues” and postpartum depression. Postpartum anxiety is when you are feeling very worried about your baby’s health and well-being. You might have intrusive thoughts about something bad happening to your baby. You might even feel like you’re not doing enough or that you’re not a good mom. These are all common feelings of postpartum anxiety. But, know that these thoughts aren’t real and that you are a great mom.
Set Up a Support System
Transitioning back to work is no easy feat and it’s okay to need some help. So, setting up a support system before you even go back is a great way to ease some of that anxiety. This could be your partner, family members, friends, or even your co-workers. For example, if your partner can watch the baby while you’re getting ready for work. Doing so can ease some anxiety and allow you to focus on getting yourself ready. Or, if you need someone to talk to during your lunch break, letting your co-workers know can help. I’m sure some can even relate.
Take Time for Self-Care
Self-care is very important for moms, especially those suffering from postpartum anxiety. So, make sure to schedule in some “me” time. This could be going for walks, spa days, or even taking a few minutes each day to yourself. Or, if you’re at work, grab your favorite morning drink or take a break to eat lunch outside. But, remember, taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of your physical health. Plus, taking time to relax can help you destress and be more relaxed when you’re home with your baby.
Set Realistic Expectations
A part of postpartum anxiety is not knowing what to expect. So, setting realistic expectations for yourself and your return to work can help. For example, making sure you have time in your schedule to pump or breastfeed can also help ease some anxiety. This way you will not have to stress about finding time to pump or breastfeed and you can focus on work.
Also, realizing that you can’t always be present for everything at work and home can help. You are only one person and you can’t do it all, Mama. Having certain times and days dedicated to working and at home can make a huge difference in your anxiety. But, it can also help you be more present when you are at work and when you’re with your baby. This type of schedule can also be great for when you’re scheduling doctor’s appointments. Or, other errands you may have for your baby.
Talk to Your Boss or HR About Postpartum Anxiety
If you’re feeling anxious about returning to work, talking to your boss or HR can help. They might be able to come up with flexible alternatives that can help you ease back into work. For example, working from home a few days a week or having a shorter work day. Or, maybe easing back into work by having a few shorter days before going back full time. Your boss and HR may be able to help you find resources that can make your transition easier. For example, your work may have a care facility for employees’ children or a lactation room. Or, they may have free mental health resources available for employees.
Acknowledge Your Feelings
This may sound simple and a little silly. But, acknowledging your feelings can make a world of difference. Acknowledging your anxiety, worry, sadness and all the other emotions you might be feeling can help you work through them. It can also help to talk about your feelings with someone who understands, like a postpartum therapist. Having a newborn is a huge life change and it’s okay to not be okay. It’s even harder with postpartum anxiety telling you that you’re not good enough. So, remind yourself that you are doing a great job, Mama. You got this!
Get Help if You Need it
Getting help for your postpartum can be a great idea. Especially if it’s affecting your work or home life. Or, if you’re just simply wanting guidance on how to manage it with this new transition back to work. Working with a postpartum anxiety therapist in therapy is a great way to get help and talk about your feelings in a safe space. It can help you process these new life changes and figure out how to manage your anxiety. Your postpartum anxiety therapist will help support you to overcome your anxiety. Together, you will create more time to cherish your newborn.
Start Working With A Postpartum Anxiety Therapist with Moxie Family Therapy in California
Postpartum anxiety can place hurdles in your life that you didn’t expect. You might find yourself feeling anxious about returning to work and being away from your baby. Or, maybe you’re feeling like you’re not doing a good job as a parent. No matter what your anxiety is telling you, our team of caring therapists is here to help you work through it. We’ll provide you with the guidance and support to help ease your anxiety. To start your therapy journey with Moxie Family Therapy, please follow these simple steps:
- Contact Moxie Family Therapy
- Meet with a caring postpartum anxiety therapist
- Start handling your anxiety and return to work with ease!
Other Services Offered at Moxie Family Therapy
At Moxie Family Therapy, we know Postpartum Anxiety sometimes isn’t the only thing you are struggling with. This is why our therapists provide a variety of therapy services online and in-person at our Orange County, CA-based practice. We offer counseling for young adults, children, women, teens, and couples. Additionally, we offer therapy for therapists, clinical supervision, adoption therapy, art therapy, and play therapy. Our team is also happy to support the LGBTQ+ community. Contact us today and learn how we can help you reclaim your moxie.