Identifying Energy Busters
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I find that unpleasant coverage of news events, such as occurred during the nastiness of the 2012 elections, is very draining on my energy. I was upset by the way that the candidates handled themselves and how they conducted the campaigning. News coverage was deplorable.
Watching the news coverage made me feel awful and fatigued. So I turned it off! Instead, I started to watch classic movies. I enjoy watching them, and they increase, rather than decrease, my energy. I love the movies, and I have discovered a whole new interest.
—Linda Brodsky, MD, a mom of a 30-year-old son and 28- and 25-year-old daughters, the president of WomenMDResources.com, and a physician in private practice with Pediatric ENT Associates in Buffalo, NY, and a professor of otolaryngology and pediatrics at the University of Buffalo (retired 2007)
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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: When I was younger, I felt like I had so much energy and tried to do everything to the max. I went to college, then medical school, then residency, was chief resident and then went on to a fellowship. I achieved everything I set out to do.
But having kids is a humbling experience. Suddenly, I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted to do, all of the time. Sometimes I wish I could videotape our life to capture all of the requests I receive from my kids and my dog and how quickly the requests come flying at me; I feel like my home is a whirling dirvish.
“Mom, can I have some milk.”
“Mom, can I have a pencil.”
I have so many requests to meet that sometimes it feels hard to get anything else done. For my children, and also for my patients, I put a lot of effort into letting them know that I’m very invested in helping them. It’s a major energy drain. To combat this, I do the best I can to keep up and be positive. I try to keep things light.
“I think you’re mistaking me for the maid we don’t have,” I say to my son, one of his favorite lines from Calvin and Hobbes.
—Sigrid Payne DaVeiga, MD, a mom of a seven-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter and a pediatric allergist with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, PA