To all of my fellow Superwomen out there, hail to those extra pair of hands, eyes in the back of your head and that 7th sense. As we walk and run through each and everyday of our lives, we almost always have our superwoman cape on. Working, being, doing, helping, holding, listening and hugging those who make up our community at home and at work. Every once in a while we need to stop and remember that we can’t always do everything and be all to everyone.
As you venture through superwoman hood, there are some choices that you have to make to ensure that you don’t reach the point of burn out. Ultimately affecting your health, both mentally and physically. Always remember, if you do not have your health, you can’t help anyone!
Here are some tips to help you manage superwoman syndrome:
1) Make a list of everything that needs to be done each day. That way you are able to get all of your thoughts down and reduce the number of things bouncing around in your head.
2) Re-look at the list from tip #2 and cross off those items that do not have to happen or get done that day. If the importance or lack thereof of the item will be the same tomorrow or even next week, cross it off of your list – it clearly does not need to happen today.
3) Learn to say NO and mean it! I have a little secret that I want to share with you – it is ok to say no. It doesn’t mean that you are incapable, inadequate, or weak. It means, no, you do not want to or no you can’t realistically make time to do it. Either of those reasons is just as good as the other.
4) Include at least 15 minutes of “me time” each and everyday. I call it brain dead time. 15 minutes of slowing down, un-focusing and disconnecting from what’s going on around you. I mean no thinking about what you need to do after the 15 minutes, no planning tomorrows list and no extra company. This is “me time”, not girlfriend time, partner time, it’s “me time.” Sit down and sip a cup of tea, meditate, sit on a park bench, park you car and just breathe – I don’t care what you do, just take “your” 15 minutes.
Essentially superwoman syndrome is something that many of us can’t escape. But always remember, we always have choices.
So choose to make the right choices, starting with the 4 tips above.
This is Karen D, signing off…..
“Your Next Level Coach” for Life.
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