Advice and Tips

How can I increase my confidence?

I don’t feel confident about returning to work

Mothers often feel that they have lost their skills to do a job while on maternity leave. In most industries the job or skill set would not have changed so much that your previous skills are no longer relevant, so this should not be a problem. It is often that you are just out of practice using those skills and that may affect your confidence

 

Mothers often feel that they have lost their skills to do a job while on maternity leave.  In most industries the job or skill set would not have changed so much that your previous skills are no longer relevant, so this should not be a problem.  It is often that you are just out of practice using those skills and that may affect your confidence.

 

Think about it this way.  When you go on holiday it can sometimes take a few days to get back into the swing of things and then it feels like you were never away.  Think about your maternity leave in this way – it is a slightly longer holiday than usual and that you just need time to get back on track.

 

Being a mum also adds skills to our bag which can be used in the work place ...

 

It may not feel like it, but you probably manage your time better or you get more done in a day.  It is just the task type that has changed.

You may be used to juggling more that one task at a time, making you more efficient.

Having a child can also make you more flexible.

 

What can you do to boost your confidence?

 

Ask someone you trust at work to help you ease back into things e.g. remind you of procedures etc.

Spend a couple of hours at work, before you are due to restart, to familiarise yourself with things again.  Just make sure that the hours spent at work don’t affect your maternity pay, as there is a limited amount of time you can spend at work while on maternity leave.

Remind yourself of all the skills you have gained by being a mum.

Stand tall.  Literally by changing your posture you can change the way you feel inside.  Just the physical changes your body goes through in pregnancy and what it can do to your posture can affect confidence, never mind all the emotional stuff that comes with being a mum.

Pamper/Treat yourself – buy yourself a new smart outfit. Looking good can help to make us feel good and indeed confident

 

 Remember this - Being a mum just adds to who you are already and what you are capable of! 

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