Most women are pushing themselves to the limit. They have been taught all their lives that a woman’s value is in how capable she is of serving others and how pretty she can manage to look while doing it. That’s a horrible message that keeps women stuck in an exhausting loop. Thus, many women are working as hard and fast as they can to keep up with all the demands and have kept self-care on a back burner for years.
Putting off their own development until the children are grown or a business gets off the ground amounts to taking care of everyone else first before themselves. The problem is that time may never come. On some level, women know that they need to take time for themselves, but so often they report that they feel guilty doing that when there’s so much that needs to be done.
We can only give to others what we, ourselves own, and if you are running on empty, you don’t have a lot left to share. Also, when we are tired, we are less patient, less kind, less loving. We are struggling to keep up, and the needs of others just add to our frustration… and it shows even if we don’t intend for it to.?
When we don’t take time to recharge and renew our energy, stress levels rise and set up a chain reaction that creates all kinds of issues. Stress causes the brain to use excess energy and, to manage the energy drain, the brain reduces the function of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for clear thinking, decision-making, planning, strategizing, learning, and memory. We need those functions to get things done.
Stress increases cortisol levels which causes us to feel anxious or nervous and to gain belly fat. Chronic stress causes insomnia, depletes our energy, impairs our ability to interact with others and makes us even more susceptible to stress, setting up a vicious cycle that’s hard to escape. We don’t have the inner resources to realize our dreams, and over time we go from exhausted to feeling hopeless.
EASE is a free and very powerful strategy to release stress, increase energy and enjoy life and loved ones a whole lot more.
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