Work-life balance is important. However, when you decide to work for yourself, you might be under the impression that you won’t be working long hours, that your stress levels will decrease and that you will have more time to spend with your nearest and dearest. But in the beginning that definitely won’t be the case. And it’s quite likely that initially, you’ll find yourself tired, feeling a little defeated and at risk of burnout.
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.
Most women, particularly those that juggle many responsibilities, find it difficult to give themselves permission to participate in self-care. Those are the women that need it the most. But the truth is… often, when you balance a hectic life, the first thing to get ignored is YOU.
Your relationship, your finances, and your current life situation don’t define you… unless you let it. If you spend time, like most of us, scrolling through social media, you probably (unknowingly) compare your life to those fabulous pictures and videos that are constantly updating on your feed. Over time, though, this can start to deeply affect how you see yourself.
If you wake up in the morning dreading your day, or find yourself anxious before you’ve even brushed your teeth… it’s time to do something different. You may have convinced yourself that you’re just tired or don’t like your job. And while it may be true… these are also symptoms of burnout.
Life can sometimes feel like a battle. It can feel like you are swimming upstream against the tide, with no relief in sight. And while most of us persevere, despite the odds, we often overlook the reality that being worn out, stressed, and overwhelmed can lead to unhappiness, health problems, and mental and emotional strain.