Catherine Reitman, Director of ‘Workin’ Moms’, Walks Us Through the Inspiration Behind Her Show and How She Unwinds

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If you’re in need of something to binge-watch while you’re stuck at home, Workin’ Moms is the perfect TV show to both lift your spirits and—if you’re also a working mom—give you something to relate to. Today, Season 4 of Workin’ Moms debuts on Netflix (finally!). The best person to fangirl with? The director (and main character) of the show: Catherine Retiman herself. Here, she talks about the inspiration behind this edgy comedy, how she’s been keeping busy in “The Q,” and the magical powers of taking a bath

NewBeauty: Your inspiration for creating Workin’ Moms was based off your battle with postpartum depression. What advice do you have for other women who may be going through something similar?
Catherine Reitman: Be gentle on yourself! What you’re going through can play serious tricks on your mind. If you’re not feeling like yourself, please speak to someone about it. When I finally spoke to a friend about what I was going through it made a significant difference. Sending you love ❤️ 

NB: How do you find time for self-care while filming Workin’ Moms and also being one yourself? What are your favorite ways to unwind after a long day?
CR: Self-care looks different every day. Sometimes I’ll find an hour to work out (usually very early) or take a bath (usually very late). However, there are many days when my self-care comes down to my drive home. I keep my phone calls brief and then I listen to as much music as possible. Since we’ve been in quarantine, I ask my husband to take over with the kids for an hour on the weekends and I give myself a manicure. It is not professional-grade, but it’s heaven! 

NB: Workin’ Moms is a women-run production. How do the other women who you’re working with inspire you on a day-to-day basis?
CR: There are so many inspirational women in my cast and crew! I can think of so many who manage to bring positivity every day. Production hours run long and take a toll on you and so these women keep me going. 

NB: You shared a video message recently regarding pressure, stress and anxiety during this time. How have you managed all of that over the past few weeks?
CR: Haha! Sometimes well and sometimes not-so-well. Being patient with myself and the people around me has been critical. It may sound obvious, but small things have made a real difference. This morning, I felt heavy and took a thirty minute workout class. It completely turned me around. I have also had a few good “hot cries” (a quick fit of tears that feels like an exorcism), which can feel like hitting the refresh button. 

NB: What have you been doing to stay positive and stick to a routine in quarantine? How does it feel to spend so much more time with your family?
CR: Working out, being creative, reading and watching movies have made a real difference. My kids and I have been watching “LEGO Masters” together. It is our first non-animated family watch and it’s been pretty awesome. 

NB: What is the first thing you are going to do post-quarantine?
CR: OMG! I can’t wait to go to my favorite sushi bar! 

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