Overwhelmed, Overworked and Over It!
The unsustainable lifestyle of the modern day
Feed the kids. Get a raise.
Loose the weight. Clean the
house. Wear the lingerie. Whew! It is tiring being a woman these days. We have more opportunities, self-confidence
and independence than any generation of women before, yet something isn’t
Why is it so
exhausting? And why do we
always feel like we can never catch up?
Being the recovering achievement junkie that I am, as well as a woman on a quest to really understand all the ways women love and don’t love themselves this is the answer I have come up with…
all know that the earth needs to be sustainable in order to survive, we’ve
failed to realized that WE need to be sustainable in order to thrive. We — our bodies, our minds, our spirits – are NOT SUSTAINABLE based on how we live today, yet we think we should just be able to downward dog, multi-task or prioritize our way out of this… and it’s not working!
Think about how many times you’ve said to your
girlfriend, “I’m so overwhelmed” or “I’d love to but I don’t have time.” Or
even worse, remember the times you didn’t reach out and instead went to that
dark place of feeling super alone, like the entire world was on your shoulders.
Women today face pressures like no other
generation. We have more opportunities but not more happiness. A recent study
by Time Magazine showed women today are no happier than women were in the
1970s, before the women’s movement and equal rights.
Does that mean that equality was bad? No, the feminist movement was hugely
important to raising the standards of life for women around the world, and like
anything it had unintended consequences which we now have to deal with so that
we can figure out what is right for today’s woman.”
The unintended consequences:
many roles. Mom. Money Maker. And Major Caretaker. 40% of women are the
major breadwinners in their families, and 55% report that they still take care
of most of the responsibilities at home. So you can understand why…
Are Running Themselves Into Exhaustion. It’s estimated that 80% of women are so
overworked and stressed that they suffer from adrenal gland fatigue, whether
they know it or not. Women slough off or mistreat the symptoms like weight gain, fatigue,
insomnia, depression, cravings and mood swings, and then, because they aren’t
listening to their bodies warning signals, they end up with serious health
concerns like auto-immune and thyroid disease.
Can Women Do About It?
been said that women will change the world, and I firmly believe that, however,
we won’t change anything if we
don’t take care of ourselves first! And we need to support each other to do so.
So this year, I am daring every woman to make 2010 the year she takes care of
herself as well as everything else in her life… without exhausting herself in
THE DARE : a 40-day Self Love Practice
kick off this dare, on February 13th, the international day of
self-love (a.k.a. Madly in Love with ME Day), I’m asking you to commit to a
40-day self-love practice called Taking Care of ME. Every morning for 40-days
before you get out of bed, ask yourself, “What do I need to do to take care of
me today?” And then listen. Whatever it says, you have to do it. Take a nap.
Start work at noon. Whatever.
Why? I know that you want to take care of
yourself, but your brain tells you that you don’t have time. And time is so not the issue! You literally need to
reprogram your brain to have new beliefs that support you taking care of you.
Beliefs that you can rest, relax and take care of you… and everything will still be taken care of. Brain scientists, yogis and metaphysicans agree if you can do anything for 40
days you can change your habits.
Do you dare???
MY DARE: What I learned from doing this dare.
I’ve been doing this self love practice for the past 36 days, and honestly, there have been days it has really kicked my butt! Especially the day it said, ‘Do Not start work til noon’ and I said, “Are you crazy?” I have a presentation, a zillion things to do and then some. But I made the pact with myself so I had to do it, and I did, and what happened? My entire presentation downloaded into me while I was sitting in the sun at 11am, my intern showed up and did a bunch of stuff, and all the pieces fell into place.
I have been learning to trust. I have been rewiring very deep beliefs that if I don’t do it, no one will. If I don’t do it, my life will fall apart. And I’ve come face to face again with my achievement junkie who runs me harder than anyone else ever could.
out this clip from ABC-TV where I talk about my 40-day Taking Care of ME Dare.
I wouldn’t ask you to do anything I hadn’t done myself!