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Making Time for Yourself

How do you make time for yourself?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: After pregnancy and a few months of maternity leave, I felt compelled to rush back to work, almost like I had to make up for lost time and get busier than ever.  Soon, I felt like my weekends were blurs of laundry, cleaning, shopping, and taking care of my daughter.  In the evenings, I was catching up on administrative work from the week.  By Sunday night, I was more exhausted than I was before the weekend!

About a year ago, I started taking Fridays off. I still am very busy at work, but I spend Fridays catching up on paperwork, doing errands, and spending time with my daughter while our nanny is here.  We call them “Fabulous Fridays.”

I’ve found that having this “cushion” at the end of the week makes the week and the weekend easier and more enjoyable. I’ve been much happier since I made this decision.

Rachel S. Rohde, MD, a mom of a two-year-old daughter, an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, and an orthopaedic upper extremity surgeon with Michigan Orthopaedic Institute, P.C., in Southfield, MI

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