Dr Tess Mauricio: Mother’s Day Q&A!
We all know that you are super busy, as a successful dermatologist, how does your day starts?
When I open my eyes in the morning, if my husband is next to me, I hug him and we stay in bed longer to chat and wake up together. I love this time of the day. Then I pick up my cell phone and check email, messages and Facebook! My husband usually brings me tea while I’m still in bed working on my phone, then we cook breakfast with our kids before they go to school and I get ready for my usually hectic day.
With your hectic schedules, activities, TV shows,etc., how do you juggle all the schedules and maintain balance within your family as a loving wife, and a nurturing and caring mother?
I believe that balance in life is key and it can be challenging to achieve if you don’t make it a priority. First, I take care of myself no matter how busy I get, I make sure I am healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. I try to eat healthy, get regular massages, and I exercise.
I need to make sure I have lots of energy and strength to do everything I want to do. And I get an extra boost when I like what I see when I look in the mirror so of course, I make sure I make time for my skin and body treatments to keep me looking and feelings my best.
I also get a lot of help from my husband, parents, family and staff. I think when we fool ourselves into thinking we can do everything on our own and by ourselves, that is when we feel overwhelmed, bitter, exhausted and unhappy. This means that we have to make time to be with the people we love and give them the appreciation, love and gratitude they deserve no matter how busy we are. Preserving personal relationships is the key to achieving life balance and happiness.
Where do you draw your strength from?
I pray constantly and I really focus on being grateful. Sometimes it is not easy and there are also many frustrating, exhausting moments and situations, but I try to not dwell on the negatives be cause that is just draining. I avoid unhappy and negative people and situations as much as possible.
I prioritize having a good relationship with my husband, children and family. I think there is nothing more emotionally and physically exhausting than dealing with family and relationship issues. But when you have your family behind you, life is happy and the challenges you face everyday are more manageable. My family’s unconditional love and support powers me and makes me braver to take on new challenges!
What inspires you most?
I am inspired when I know I helped make a difference in the lives of others. I really love making people happy! I love making peoples’ wishes come true! I teach my kids to “Be a blessing to someone everyday” and I live by this mantra!
Knowing someone will be made happier and live life better by what I am doing only pushes me to work harder!
What tips can you spare to busy career women like yourself?
Do not feel guilty about taking care of yourself. When you are at your best, you are happier and you will perform better at all your roles in life, as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, boss, etc. and you will enjoy life more!
When we take care of ourselves physically, emotionally, spiritually we give our children and those around us a great role model for how they should value themselves. I think this is very important. As a mother, I want to show my children by the way I live that they should be kind to themselves, that they should love themselves and that they deserve to be loved, go for their dreams and ultimately be happy.
When new challenges arise, instead of asking “Why” ask “Why not?” Life is an adventure. Don’t be afraid to try and you may just surprise yourself! Life is short. Always think about living life to the fullest and always do and be your very best everyday and you won’t have regrets!
DR. TESS MAURICIO is a Board Certified Dermatologist who graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a resident of Scripps Ranch and for the last 15 years has offered and pioneered the most advanced cosmetic procedures, specializing in treatment of skin of color and regenerative medicine, utilizing our own body’s ability to repair and regenerate cells. Dr. Tess helps her patients be their very best at any age – inside and out.