6 Top Tips to Make Time for Yourself

By Jennifer Bright

December 1, 2020 4 min read

During a typical year, this time is hectic. Throw in a global pandemic, and the 2020 holidays are truly crazy.

You have 1,440 minutes in every day. Granted, you're probably sleeping about 480 of them. Still, that leaves you with almost 1,000 minutes of each and every day. No doubt you spend plenty of those minutes helping your children, your spouse, your boss, your friends, strangers in line at the grocery store and others. But how many of those minutes do you use for yourself? Why not wrestle back some of those precious minutes for you?

Here's how our Mommy M.D.s — doctors who are also mothers — make time for themselves.

"I get up at 6 a.m. so I can wake my kids up at 6:30," says Heather Orman-Lubell, M.D., a mom of two sons and a pediatrician in private practice at Yardley Pediatrics of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Pennsylvania. This gives me a little time for myself. I use that time to take a shower, get dressed and do my hair before the morning madness begins."

"My husband and my mother-in-law watch my son for me for a few hours every week," says Edna Ma, M.D., a mom of two, an anesthesiologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California, and author of the bilingual Chinese children's book "Travel, Learn and See." "This way I can get a pedicure or massage or just enjoy some time to myself so I don't feel exhausted all of the time."

"Exercise is a great outlet for me, but my husband and my kids understand that about one night a week, I need to take a break for an hour or two to do something by and for myself," says Martha Wittenberg, M.D., MPH, a mom of a son and a daughter, and a family physician with Seal Beach Family Medicine in California.

"It's hard to have some battery-recharging time for me," says Bola Oyeyipo-Ajumobi, M.D., a mom of two sons and a family physician at the Veterans Health Administration. "One thing that I protect is my shower time. I take long showers! This gives me a few precious minutes to relax and recharge!"

"My husband is also a pediatrician, and he works a 24-hour shift every Saturday, so I'm at home with our son," says Michelle Davis-Dash, MD, a mom of two and a board-certified pediatrician in Baltimore. "When my husband gets home Sunday morning, he takes over with our son, and I'm off. I usually leave the house to go do something to relax, such as get a massage. At the minimum, I go take a bath or shower with the door locked!"

"It's often hard for me to find the time to recharge my batteries," says Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D., a mom of one son, a pediatrician, and the founder of an online child wellness and weight management company called HealthyKidsCompany.com in Washington, D.C. "I like to take a long bath, sing loudly in the car or watch a movie, but because these things rarely happen, I also look for ways to recharge that involve my family. This includes taking walks, playing hide-and-seek, singing and dancing with my son or quietly reading him a story. But every once in a while, I absolutely must make time to have lunch with my closest friends, and I always leave feeling positively giddy!"

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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