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#286 The First Day Back at Work



One of the perks of being a psychotherapist in private practice is that I make my own hours. I don’t get maternity leave; or any benefits for that matter (That’s the downside). But I do get to make my own hours, which made returning to work a pleasant experience. After three months of being with the baby day in and day out, I was ready for a break. I was ready for mental stimulation, adult conversation, and work that made me feel useful and productive. It also forced me to shower (always a plus for anyone either sharing a bed with me or living in the same home). I finally got out of my sweatpants/pajamas, put a comb through my hair, and even put on makeup; and by ‘makeup’ I mean tinted sunscreen. I got out of the house, slid into my car and threw on the soundtrack to Dear Evan Hansen, which if you haven’t heard it yet, it’s time to get on board. It was a type of freedom I hadn’t had in months, and I could feel the serotonin coursing through my veins. So don’t fear about returning to work because there are a number of perks. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.

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