The Work Life Balance Blog for Physician Moms

A physician mom's biggest challenge is taking care of her family and having time for a personal life. It's possible to find just the right balance of having a successful career and an amazing home life. This blog explores ways to build that dream lifestyle.
Dr. Lisa Herbert is a mother, wife, family physician and certified work-life balance coach who helps busy physician moms achieve balance so that they can maximize their time, have successful, rewarding careers and maintain meaningful relationships. Her background sets her apart as she can bring real life experiences to her coaching as she has tackled work-life balance, experienced the challenges of physician moms and understands the health care climate. Visit http://www.justtherightbalance.com and learn how to create the beautiful balance of work and life on your own terms.

Why Friendships are Valuable to Physician Moms

Why Friendships are Valuable to Physician Moms
As physician moms, nurturing our friendships can get lost in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. Long work hours, on call coverage, raising a family, in addition to trying to squeeze in some me time, can cause us to put our friendships on the back burner.  The journey of graduating from college and then moving on to medical school, changed the way we lived our lives. For some of us, we moved to a different unfamiliar location which made it difficult to sustain the close relationships that we once had with our friends. It also brought on the new challenge of trying to get to know new ......
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Volunteering To Recharge Your Passion For Medicine

Volunteering To Recharge Your Passion For Medicine
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”-Winston Churchill Long hours coupled with work and family responsibilities can often leave us feeling drained. If we are not careful about balancing our work and personal lives, we can experience dissatisfaction with our career and a lack of focus and drive. A recent article written in HBR.org by Ran Zilca, the Chief Data Science Officer at Happify, Inc. found that after analyzing data from their app, two things were important to being satisfied with work: having a life outside of work, and having the money to afford it. Our......
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15 Ways To Spring Into Action And Achieve Balance

15 Ways To Spring Into Action And Achieve Balance
  Spring is here and with any new season we witness change. Daylight lasts longer, the flowers bloom, the air is warmer and the streets are filled with walkers and bike riders.  Spring can be a wonderful time to get rid of old habits and adopt long lasting healthy behaviors that allow you to reconnect with loved ones and reclaim your sense of wellbeing. “I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” –Anne Lamott In an earlier blog post, we looked ......
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Simple Ways Dr. Moms Can Be Present With Their Children

Simple Ways Dr. Moms Can Be Present With Their Children
As a working mom, we know how important it is for us to have regular, meaningful connections with our children. We're not just talking about the routine mom duties like dressing them, getting them out the door and off to school, making sure they eat and excel academically. But the memories that will last a lifetime, that sustain us when we have to work long hours and when we are away if duty calls. These are memories that we also want our kids to have to make them feel like they are always connected to us, to let them know that they are at the top of our minds and that they matter more than th......
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Saving Our Hearts: A Physician Mom’s Guide to Managing Stress

Saving Our Hearts: A Physician Mom’s Guide to Managing Stress
February is Heart Health Month; a time when we increase awareness about the effects of heart disease, especially in women. We know the statistics all too well. 1 out of 3 women die each year from heart disease. We also know that heart disease is preventable. We encourage our patients to take care of their hearts by reducing their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, by eating healthy, exercising and reducing their stress level. How much of this advice do we take on ourselves. When was the last time you checked in with yourself? How much stress are you dealing with right now? Stress is hard t......
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The 6 Things Physician Moms Need in Their Toolbox to Achieve Physical, Mental and Spiritual Balance

The 6 Things Physician Moms Need in Their Toolbox to Achieve Physical, Mental and Spiritual Balance
In my last blog post, I talked about the 4 R’s to finding work-life fulfillment. The first R was to Reassess. You were asked to spend some quiet time alone, reflect on the various areas of your life and determine if your current work-life situation supported the lifestyle you desired. What did this exercise reveal to you? Were there any surprises? As you continue to reflect on these questions and the changes you would like to make, make sure you have the resources to help you get through this stage of your self-development. Here are the 6 things physician moms need in their toolbox to achieve ......
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The 4 R’s to Finding Work Life Fulfillment for Physician Moms

The 4 R’s to Finding Work Life Fulfillment for Physician Moms
From the moment, you became a physician and mom you were looking forward to the journey and joy of being a mother and serving others. As you reflect on your life’s journey in the New Year, you should commend yourself for the accomplishments and goals that you achieved.  This year is a time to reflect on the changes that you would like to make in your work and personal life. How can you improve on integrating the demands of work and the responsibilities of home? How do you make time for connecting with loved ones, when your career has a demanding schedule? Most importantly how do you make ......
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