Do you feel like you have to be the perfect mum? Or the ideal wife/partner? Or the picture-perfect employee/businesswoman?
Many women struggle with the pressure of trying to do it all and feel overwhelmed and stressed. Juggling work, family, activities, finances, and social events can be unrealistic and a never-ending burden.
Are you neglecting your own passions and hobbies due to your hectic lifestyle? You’re not alone. Taking a step back and making time for yourself is essential to avoid burnout. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
Mums often feel they can’t say no to social events, even if they already have much to handle. This can lead to feelings of overwhelm and even cause them to withdraw from their friends and family.
Often, mothers take on too much and make unrealistic commitments. Then, when asked to do something, they feel obliged to say yes, despite already having a full plate. It is important to take a step back and prioritize what is achievable. It can be hard to catch yourself in this situation, but it is essential to remember to take time for yourself.
From my experience, I see a society of stressed, overwhelmed, and burnt–out women who are not living their life to the fullest. And if you are feeling like this, you’re definitely not alone.
Many women suffer in silence, feeling ashamed or embarrassed to admit they are not managing as well as others. Media and social media can portray that women should successfully have their life and daily tasks in order. Don’t get me wrong – some women have balanced their life/work/home/family. However, we are all human and have challenges to conquer.
It is important to remember that many women are also struggling. Therefore, it is essential, to be honest with yourself and reach out for help if needed because overwhelm creates chronic stress that can lead to various negative physical and mental symptoms.
Chronic stress can manifest in a variety of ways, including:
- Irritability and bad moods
- Digestive issues
- Tension or chronic headaches
- Hormonal imbalances
- Weight gain/loss
- Anxiety or depression
- Difficulty concentrating
- Food cravings
- Recurrent Infections
Chronic stress can lead to serious health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, and even some types of cancer. Therefore, it is crucial to take the time to identify and reduce sources of stress to protect your health.
What can you do?
Assess your current situation
To start, take a moment and step back and evaluate your life. Ask yourself what a necessary task is and what you can say no to. Be honest with yourself, and do not overextend yourself in an effort to have the “perfect” life.
Identify what tasks are necessary for your life. List your tasks and then create a priority for completing them. Unimportant tasks can be set aside for when there is spare time (maybe).
Be realistic when estimating how long each task will take to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, take regular breaks throughout the day to recharge and avoid burnout.
Assess your nutrition
Fuel your body with the best quality foods. Eat a wide variety of fresh foods, as close to nature. Herbs and specific nutrients can help support energy and refuel exhausted adrenal glands and the nervous system if needed.
By combining diet, lifestyle, herbs, and supplements, you can help get your body on track quickly and support it while working on the long-term aspects of improving your life
And that’s how my clients achieve great results because we work with them as a whole and address the various factors required.
Ensure Quality Sleep
Quality sleep is vital to reducing your stress response and supporting optimum steady energy.
During quality sleep, your body produces hormones to support healing, repair, and regeneration.
A good sleep routine before bed is essential to creating quality sleep. Melatonin is the sleep hormone that needs to be produced to facilitate sleep. Good sleep routines support the production of melatonin—stress chemicals such as cortisol stop melatonin from being produced.
Make sure to wind down before bed and create the perfect environment to help you drift off to sleep.
If you still are struggling with sleep, some specific nutrients and herbs can assist to re-establish the circadian rhythm to ensure good sleep quality. Several clients have found these nutrients effective for sleeping well and waking refreshed.
Ask for help
Ask friends, family or loved ones to help you and delegate tasks to family members. This can help to teach kids skills for their life.
Help can also come from health professionals. Strategies to help manage stress and support your energy levels and mental health.
When working with my clients, I use a combination of lifestyle strategies, nutrition, emotional freedom techniques (EFT), hypnotherapy or meditation to help them find ways to relax, reset and recharge themselves.
And I found that these strategies have helped deliver some great results, with clients feeling more in charge of what’s going on in their day, taking control of their stress response, and creating flow and reducing feelings of overwhelm and burden.
I trust you have been able to find a couple of tips to help you with your overwhelm and stress. Want to know more, then book a clarity call with me. I’d love to have a chat with you. It’s a 15–minute complimentary call where we can see what’s going on for you in your life and how I can help you.