I will say what many moms must have said before, “Motherhood has been the toughest role of my lifetime, more so during a pandemic.”
The current global health crisis has been hard on most people—physically and mentally. For me, along with the stresses of this pandemic, I’ve had to deal with postpartum anxiety and social isolation that come with being a new parent. All the work stress of the past seemed like a piece of cake now.
Yet, when it was time to come back to work, I was paranoid. Will I be able to perform well at work? A nagging thought that faded away thanks to the encouragement and support of my leadership and team. Work life, though, was never the same. Work had to now share space with the needs of a child, whether I liked it or not.
I don’t have a universal antidote to a brand-new working mom’s dilemma, but here is what helped me be a decently able professional, while navigating through this new phase of motherhood.
If you’re still unsure of yourself, think this way—you brought a little human into this world and are raising that child day and night to be healthy and happy—all through the pressures of a pandemic—yet you show up to work (virtually) and make every effort to bring your best to your clients and colleagues. Take a bow, mama (and papa)! You’re rock stars already!
About the author
Anuradha Kumar is a manager at Deloitte Consulting India Private Limited. She works with the Internal Communications team. A journalist turned communications professional, she has over a decade of experience in Marketing & Communications across industries.
The views expressed here are of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of her current, former, or future employers or any organization with which she is associated.