One major challenge I'm facing right now is lack of energy. With all of the extra duties — vigilant cleaning, supervising homework, more meals to prepare with no going out — and the additional stress, my "get up and go" has got up and went. Truth be told, it's not uncommon for me to fall asleep watching TV. But to fall asleep watching TV at 9 p.m.? That's new!
Here's what our mommy M.D.'s — doctors who are also mothers — do to boost their own energy.
"I have a lot of energy. I think that's because I realize that any day could be my last day," says Hana R. Solomon, M.D., a mom of four and grandmother of eight from Columbia, Missouri. Soloman is also a pediatrician and the author of "Clearing the Air One Nose at a Time: Caring for Your Personal Filter." "I have survived cancer, and I understand how very blessed I am to be here this moment."
"I'm both a high-energy and a low-key person!" says Debra Luftman, M.D., mom of two grown children, board-certified dermatologist in private practice, co-author of "The Beauty Prescription," developer of Therapeutix skincare and clinical instructor of skin surgery and general dermatology at UCLA. "I'm generally calm and mellow, but at the same time, I like to do things and keep busy. I feel it's important to have downtime. I make a point to have an hour "off" each day when I get home from work to relax and destress."
"I've come to realize that my mood, my energy levels and my self-esteem are all intertwined," says Allison Bailey, M.D., a mom of two children and founder and director of Integrated Health and Fitness Associates, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "When I have more energy, I am more productive, and this boosts my mood and my self-esteem. I'm a real stickler about getting enough sleep because it's so critical to my energy, mood and self-esteem. When I'm overtired, I feel very vulnerable."
"I think that energy, like happiness, has to do with your baseline levels of neurotransmitters in the brain," says Amy Baxter, M.D., a mom of three, the CEO of Pain Care Labs and a National Institutes of Health researcher based in Atlanta. "I've always had high energy levels. I think some of it has to do with my optimistic outlook on life, and some of it has to do with my propensity to bite off more than I can chew, which then forces me to deliver. I think people need to look at themselves and figure out how much activity they need to be happy. For example, I know that I don't do leisure well."
"I'm blessed to be a high-energy person. I think that knowing your natural energy levels is very important," says Deborah Gilboa, M.D., a mom of four sons and a family physician with Squirrel Hill Health Center in Pittsburgh and a parenting speaker with an advice website called Ask Doctor G. "It's also helpful to know the time of day when you're most energetic. For instance, I know that I can't write at night because I have less energy in the evenings. If I try to write at night, it's total garbage! I do my best writing after breakfast."
Dr. Rallie's Tips
"These days, I pay close attention to my energy levels, and I don't take it for granted. I try to nourish my body with all the nutrients, sleep, exercise and water it needs for good health. If I notice that I'm feeling inexplicably tired or drained, I'll take a day or two to rest, relax and take better care of myself. If I don't bounce back within a week or so, I make an appointment with my physician to make sure there's nothing serious going on." — Rallie McAllister, M.D., M.P.H., mom of three, co-author of "The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby's First Year," nationally recognized health expert and family physician in Lexington, Kentucky.
Jennifer Bright is a mom of four sons, co-founder and CEO of family- and veteran- owned custom publisher Momosa Publishing, co-founder of the Mommy MD Guides team of 150+ mommy M.D.s, and co-author of "The Mommy MD Guide to the Toddler Years." She lives in Hellertown, Pennsylvania. To find out more about Jennifer Bright and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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