Before kids, I could handle a sleepless night. Sure, it was rough, but I only had myself to care for so I could take things easy and even find a way to grab a nap. After my son was born, however, trying to get myself together and get to work after a long night seemed superhuman. Trying to stay awake at my desk? Yeah, that was almost impossible. Thankfully, these new moms have some tips for staying awake at work that we could all benefit from, myself included.
In the middle of the madness of new parenthood, I was grappling with my career options. I took some substitute teaching shifts, worked for a short time in an office, and then decided I was going to work from home. In many ways working from home is just as challenging as working outside the home but, for me, having to choose an outfit to wear outside the house when I could barely keep my eyes open was torture.
If you're a new mom and your child has kept you up all night, well, you are living with a new level of exhaustion. Welcome, my weary friends! Welcome. Our group of exhausted new moms is large, and the bags under our eyes are our collective calling cards. It might not always be fun, but at least we have each other to lean on. So, with that in mind, here are some tips to help you stay awake at work, especially after a particularly long night with your baby: