Childcare sorted? Check. Return to work plan agreed? Check. Desperate to abandon my newly acquired baby voice and engage my brain again? Abso-bloody-lutely check. Sense of calm and wellbeing? Not so much.
Getting back to work after maternity leave is ALL the emotions, ranging from distress to elation. Couple that with a return to the workplace* during a pandemic and surely no one can blame me for feeling somewhat daunted.
(*makeshift office at home.)
I’ve just returned from my second mat leave, and I’m not sure I mastered the first return, but then again, self-doubt is just one of the