The New Mum’s Guide To Working Without Collapsing From Exhaustion

As much as many would like to, it’s not always possible for many mums to spend their time with their little ones. It’s a sad fact, but the cost of living means that fewer and fewer people are finding themselves in a position where they can dedicate their time to being a full-time parent. Almost all parents are now in a position where they need to go back to work before the end of their child’s first year just to be able to support themselves and their families. Of course, there’s also the possibility that you simply want to go back to work, which is completely and totally fine as well! After all, just because you’ve had a baby doesn’t mean that you suddenly feel the need to give up every other aspect of your identity.


The problem that many new parents have is that trying to work while also taking care of a baby can be one of the most difficult things in the world. After all, doing either of those things on their own can often lead to you feeling pretty run down so, if you’re not careful, trying to do both can leave you completely exhausted! Exhaustion might just seem like a problem because it means that you lack the energy to do the things that you really want to do, and that’s definitely true, but the dangers that it presents to your health can be much more significant than that. Exhaustion can lower your immune system, making your more susceptible to illness, as well as causing weight gain, depression, and a whole host of other symptoms.

Fortunately, it doesn’t need to be that way. Your health is incredibly important to your ability to be a parent so, in order to keep you running at one-hundred-percent at all times, here are some methods for going back to work while also taking care of a baby.

Love what you do

One of the most common things that cause people to lack any energy when they come home from work is the fact that they are spending all day doing something that they simply don’t care about. If you’re working a job where your only real interest is the fact that it helps you pay the bills, then there’s a pretty high chance that it’s going to sap your energy levels incredibly quickly. This goes doubly for people who actively hate the jobs that they are doing. The world we live in is far from perfect, and sometimes people end up in the position where they have to do a job that they really dislike just to be able to keep a roof over their heads. This can lead to huge amounts of stress and exhaustion which not only makes it harder to take care of your little one but also has a pretty significant negative impact on your health as well. One of the very best ways to avoid this while still being able to pay the bills is to find something that you really love doing. That way, even if it can be stressful at times, you’ll find yourself with more energy than before because the work you’re doing leaves you excited and satisfied rather than bored and frustrated. Ask yourself what’s most important to you, that way you can figure out what it is that you really want to do. A good place to start is to look at many of the jobs with the highest job satisfaction. Running your own business is a great way to feel in control of your work life rather than spending your time working for someone else. If you’re the type of person who loves helping people and thrives in an active, high-energy environment, then you can find plenty of nursing jobs on that would be perfect for you. Or perhaps you get your thrills by problem-solving and coming up with creative solutions. Then there are hundreds of jobs available from marketing to recruitment that can help you do just that. It’s not always easy to find the right kind of job for your but the key is to figure out what it is that you’re really passionate about. If creativity is your passion then you’re not going to get anything out of working in data entry, and those who want to do something active are going to feel restricted and bored spending all day behind a desk. By working a job that you really care about you’ll find yourself with far more energy at the end of the day that you can bring home to put into spending time with the people who matter the most.

Work from home


One thing that every new parent learns very quickly is that babies to do not run to a schedule by any means. In fact, in the early days of parenting, it’s pretty common to find yourself losing all sense of time. This means that getting up early every morning so that you can drive to work can be a real challenge. Doing this can often leave you having far less sleep than you really need. Having a baby is always going to result in a lack of sleep, but there are few things more dangerous that getting behind the wheel of a car after only a few hours rest.

It’s very fortunate then that that’s not the only option available to you. From blogging to sales, there are a lot of different jobs that you can do from home, rather than driving to an office every day. There are a bunch of benefits to this, particularly as a new parent. For one thing, these kinds of jobs often allow you to be a lot more flexible with your working hours. Rather than having to fit a standard nine-to-five schedule, you can work when the time is right for you. This means that you can get the rest you need without sacrificing your ability to work. Working from home also helps you avoid one of the toughest things for a new parent, leaving your baby. Separation from your baby can be incredibly tough for both of you and working from home allows you to earn a living without having to leave them with someone else. Of course, with something so cute and lovable right there at all times, it’ll take a lot of hard work to avoid getting distracted too often!

Go part time

One of the best things that you can do in order to avoid causing yourself to collapse from exhaustion is to reduce your working hours. Figure out with your partner what you actually need in order to be financially stable. There’s a chance that you won’t actually find yourself needing to work full time in the first place. That way you can spend a few hours each day, or a couple of days a week, working and earning a living, then the rest of your time can be spent taking care of yourself and your little one. This means that you keep your energy levels up so that not only do you feel better but you’re going to be able to bring more to both your work and your parenting. Working a couple of days a week but being full of energy and life is going to make to far more productive than slogging into the office every day like some sort of zombie. Similarly, it means that you’ve got far more energy to spend taking care of your baby. Let’s face it; parenting can be hard enough without trying to do it when all you want to do is keel over and fall asleep! The best thing to do is to find the right kind of jobs that you can do part time, especially when combining it with the idea of job satisfaction. There are plenty of part time nurses or bloggers, but it’s probably not going to be that easy to run a business without dedicated the majority of your work life to it.


Far too many parents neglect their health when they first have a baby because there are just so many other things to think about. But your baby needs you to be in the best shape possible in order to take care of them. As important as it is to be able to make a living, nothing is more important than your ability to function and take care of what is most important.


Manic Mama of 3, wife of shouty singer Gav, blog writer, stationery obsessive, bed jumper, Brighton based social media consultant and semi-pro juggler of it all!

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