Work-Life Balance For Physician Moms
Raising children can be physically and mentally demanding. Add that to being a physician and you’ve got quite the challenge. Physician moms are often more at risk for work-related burnout as a result of the stress associated with both sets of responsibilities.
Five areas that can help optimize your time personally and professionally:
1. Begin Your Day Early
Starting your day early can give you enough time to complete your mom-related duties before heading out the door. This will alleviate some of the pressure when you return from the hospital, so you can relax and spend time with your family.
2. Prioritize Health and Wellness
It is important to put your mental & physical well-being along with nutrition first. The more you take care of your body, the more productive you will be in your personal and professional life. Small steps towards improving your physical and mental wellness will have a significant impact on your day-to-day life.
This doesn’t have to be high intensity training or running 5 miles a day. It can be as easy as taking your child on a walk or doing yoga. Studies show that exercise can improve mental and physical health.
4. Ditch the Guilt
It’s inevitable that you have an overwhelming amount of responsibility being both a physician and mom. At the end of the day, you just can’t be in two places at once. Being bound by guilt will do both your patients and children a disservice. Try to focus on whatever task you are presently doing to avoid feelings of guilt and remind yourself that you’re doing your best!
5. Ask For Help
Sometimes it can be hard to ask for help, especially when you don’t think you need it. There are many people in your life who can and will provide the help and support you may need, so let them! Your spouse, parents, coworkers and friends will always be there for you. Don’t be afraid to lean on your support systems when needed!