We’re the ultimate multi-taskers but do we throw self-care in the mix? Whether we’re juggling family with work, or full-time work with our side hustle, we’re more than capable of doing many things simultaneously with our time. We juggle, a lot. And while that can sometimes be a good thing, this isn’t true all of the time. In fact, sometimes even professional jugglers drop the ball.
If we do too much for too long, it can lead to stress, anxiety, depression…burnout.
Even though that’s the last thing we need, it’s often what we get. Women are 50 percent more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than men, and this is often attributed to our tendency to do too much.
A little stress can be good, motivating even, but when it goes too far and when it gets to the point where you’re feeling depressed and anxious too, something has to change.
So what exactly can busy women do to prevent burnout? Self-care. It has to be a priority and its so much more than a spa day or healthy eating. Here are a few things to consider:
say no… more
When you’re starting to feel burnt out, it can only mean one thing – you’re doing too much. It’s easy to fall into the trap of taking on too many responsibilities. We’re constantly told that we can have it all and that’s exactly what we try to do.
But it doesn’t always make life better. Start prioritizing what’s important and stop saying yes additional stress. Your spirit will thank you for it!
Getting away is a great way to spend time alone reflecting on your life. Sometimes a little time away from everything can be beneficial to your overall well being. Maybe it’s time to rent a beautiful vacation home or book that girls trip you’ve been putting off. Removing the stress from your life even for a short time can be renewing for your body and soul.
make self-care a priority
No matter how busy your schedule may be, make it a priority to find time for you. Even if you can only schedule 15 minutes a day for meditation, to read a few pages of a good book, or to take a quick walk, it will make all the difference to your peace of mind. Don’t leave these moments to chance, schedule this me-time like you would an important appointment.
give yourself a break
If you’re the kind of woman who demands absolute perfection in everything you do 100 percent of the time, it’s no wonder you’re experiencing burn out. Unrealistic expectations put you under immense pressure and can leave you feeling overwhelmed.
Give yourself permission to embrace that good enough really is good enough.
Your home doesn’t have to be spotless all the time. You don’t need to put 110 percent into every business project when simply doing your best is enough, and you certainly don’t need to always look like you’ve just stepped off a runway!
Relax a little. You’ll likely find that you achieve more by being calm and present and not always stressing about doing more.