This month, I have had the pleasure of being a featured contributor in “Health, Hair, and Happiness” online magazine. This new online publication is a great resource for information on natural hair care, healthy living, and more. Please be sure to check out.
Here is an excerpt from my article, which may not be such a quick tip, but it is quite beneficial for women who have become overwhelmed with life’s daily stresses. Here, I offer a few tips and techniques on how to lighten your load.
Overcoming Your Superwoman
As mothers, wives, sisters, or women in general, we find ourselves overwhelmed with the sense of obligation almost every moment of the day. An obligation to our children, spouse, job and most everything with which we affiliate ourselves. If you are like me, you wake up and immediately begin to think about all that you “must” get done for the day. I “must” put a load of laundry in the washing machine. I “must” feed the cats. I “must” vacuum the hallway. I “must” fold the clothes, and most importantly, I “must” get in my cardio…all before 6:30 a.m.! I “must” be insane.
As a fitness competitor, wife, and mom with a 9 to 5, I get caught up in that Superwoman mentality inwhich I have to be all and do all for everyone. But the reality is; I can’t be. I will end up overworked, overstressed and useless to myself and my family.
To help maintain my sanity, I have found four ways to keep my inner Superwoman in check:
Know My Limitations
I work out regularly, so I have come to know my limits in the gym. If you hand me 65 pound dumb bells
and ask me to do bicep curls, I will promptly let you now that those weights are far beyond what I can
handle right now and may end with me injuring myself. Taking on that heavy load and incurring that
injury may have a negative effect on things I have to do outside of my fitness life.
Now, think about your daily tasks in the same manner as those 65 pound dumb bells. Choosing to take
on more you can handle can be detrimental to yourself and everything else on your to-do list.
Just imagine that your co-worker asks you to help them finish a project to which you are not specifically
assigned and you are already working on something that is due by the end of the day. Your co-worker’s
project becomes that 65 pound weight. You have exceeded your limit, which brings me to my next
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