Many women feel constantly over-committed; juggling obligations.
Many women feel constantly over-committed; juggling obligations to their employer and colleagues, family members and friends. There is often limited time out to recharge. Setting aside time for personal needs is not easy in a busy life and may feel indulgent or selfish.
In a recent online poll during the inaugural Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week asking ‘How do you take time out for yourself?’ 20 percent of respondents said that this was difficult for them and that they needed to get better at taking time out for themselves.
“Women often expect a lot of themselves without realising that this can sap energy and enthusiasm,” says Jane Fisher, the Jean Hailes Professor of Women’s Health atMonashUniversity. “We forget that for us to be able to keep giving to others, we not only have to look after ourselves, but we need to allow others to give to us too. We are great at looking after everyone else in our lives, but we often put ourselves last.”
Helpful ways to reflect and recharge
Days that are too full can mean you find it difficult to relax. Practise relaxation skills such as slow, deep breathing, sitting still, listening to soothing music or reading.
So often we are caught up in ‘doing’ rather than just ‘being’. We worry about what might happen and forget to appreciate what we have and what is happening around us. Practising to just ‘be’ in the moment can help you relax, and stops you feeling distracted and forgetful.
Practise setting limits
Saying yes to everything immediately may mean you end up overloaded and stressed. Practise buying time before saying yes to something new. Learn to say you need to check your diary before you can agree.
Plans help you structure daily life and let you set aside time for little breaks like meeting a friend for coffee, as well as bigger breaks like family holidays.
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