These are unprecedented times. We’ve had to take on more roles and responsibilities and adapt to ever changing situations.
As women, expectations still exist to do it all—maintaining the demands of multiple roles: businesswoman, employee, breadwinner, daughter, sister, partner, homemaker, mother, chore and homework supervisor, family taxi driver, meal planner, or some combination of any of these and probably more.
Why do we feel the need to be Superwoman?
But do we really have to?
Being Superwoman comes at a cost both mentally and physically.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about living life to its fullest, wanting to be the best and accepting challenges that come my way but it’s a balancing act wearing multiple hats while trying to keep your cape straight. Right?
Then comes the stress about not being your best, finishing a project on time or enough clients in your sales funnel. The guilt about whether you’re not spending enough time with your kids/partner (insert who or what here!)
Feeling bad about not being able to manage super-human expectations only diminishes your energy to get things done.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to get it all done, but it’s how we care for ourselves in the process to make sure that physically and mentally we can get it all done.
So, next time you’re feeling your cape starting to fray around the edges just remember these insights:
Make your To-Do list and stick to it.
Focus on one thing at a time and give yourself a guilt-free pass on the others. By prioritizing the “job” that needs you most at any given time and letting yourself off the hook on the others, you bring your full capabilities to that task.
Accept that there’s 24 hours in each day and you can only do a day’s work.
Adopt an “Attitude of Gratitude” for what you achieve when you achieve it no matter what size.
Remember to ‘put mask on self first.’
Airlines tell you in case of an emergency, you need to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before assisting others. There’s a good reason for it. You can help more people once you’ve looked after yourself. So remember to treat yourself once and awhile; look after your well-being and take a breather when you need it. It’s not being selfish – it’s self preservation.
Try these tips the next time you’re overwhelmed by the need to “do it all!”
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