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Opinion: Facing Burnout as a Weekend Mary Poppins?

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A final note: After you have found someone, take some time for yourself. Don't feel guilty about getting away during the day, on weekends, or for a trip. You're not going to be able to help your family very much if you're sick or burned out.

 

As your grandmother would probably remind you: eat right, sleep well, and take care of yourself so that you are there when your loved one(s) needs you.

 

Pamela R. Yoder, MD, PhD, FACOG, is the women's health editor for WebMD. She has practiced and taught obstetrics and gynecology and high-risk obstetrics for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the University of Illinois. Over the past decade, she has also had to find caregivers for her child, and she has had to help her parents. Her opinions do not necessarily reflect those of WebMD or the university.

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