4 Fitness Mindset Strategies For The Mom Returning To Work
There comes a time in every mother’s life where her life is flip-turned upside down, to quote the Fresh Prince. Sure, transitioning to motherhood or introducing a new baby into the family can be a bit of an upthrow, but I’m talking about another massive transition shaking the family dynamic and dropping it on its head.
It’s the return to work after maternity leave.
Suddenly, you realize how demanding being a working mom is. Not to mention the shift in family routines. So it’s normal some things you had prioritized were no longer a priority. Like working out and nutrition.
You may not be able to fit workouts in as expected or throw in a frozen pizza because the thought of making dinner is beyond your mental capacity.
It can feel like you’re failing yourself. It can feel like your failing your family and everyone around you. Take it from me. You’re doing the best you can.
After working with dozens of women (myself included) in helping the transition back to work along, I’ve come up with some strategies to help you get back on your feet.
Buckle your seat belt. It’s a bumpy ride. But with simple mindset tweaks, I assure you, this process can go much smoother than your sweet baby’s tushie.
Remember, this is temporary.
In any transitional period, there are going to be three roller coasters looping around you at the same time. Emotional, mental, and physical.
These are going to be your toughest to manage because they work together
Acknowledge your feelings. In no way do these feelings mean you’re failing. And when you’ve given yourself space to open up to your feelings, let go of your harsh judgment and reframe by saying something like, “I did my best today
Be realistic with your goals.
Waking up at 5 am to go to the gym for 2 hours when you have little kids is slightly unrealistic, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Sure, some people can do this, but I ain’t one of them and I don’t expect this from you as well.
When you’re returning back to work, start with workouts on your day’s off. There typically is less chaos, making dedicating 15-20 minutes to work out a bit easier than trying to fit it in while you’re making dinner.
When your routine becomes better to predict and family life is settling in, you can try to add in a workout on a workday. If it works, great. If not, try again another time.
It may take a little longer to accomplish certain goals, but when it comes to staying active while going
Keep your workouts short.
Research shows working out beyond an hour aren’t exactly effective. So don’t waste your precious time. The sweet spot to getting great results without the massive time commitment, 12-30 minutes. Yes, I said minutes.
Sounds a little more manageable, doesn’t it?
Do your workouts at home.
You don’t need fancy equipment either. I like superbands because of their versatility and can be easily stored, a moderate set of dumbbells or kettlebells, and a yoga mat. That’s it. During any transitional time, not just going back to work, are going to be hiccups. Mistakes will be made, workouts will be skipped and Wendy’s Drive-Thrus will be had (and enjoyed by your kids I’m sure), but we can’t do it all sometimes.
Expect there will be rough patches, and tell yourself it’s temporary. Life is constantly shifting and you’ll need to be flexible with yourself.
Even when you feel like you’re not putting the work in, there is a ton happening behind the scenes. Don’t give up. Do your best. Something is better than nothing. You don’t have to be perfect to make progress.
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