This Women’s History Month 2016 theme is “Working to Form a Perfect Union.“ Lets begin doing this internally. Not only in our homes and with our family, but a union with our physical emotional and spiritual selves.
Women are excellent at playing multiple roles on the stage of life. Sometimes it seems as though the more we do, the more we think we’re showing the world around us how strong, responsible, complete, and capable we are at handling anything you can throw our way. As true as that may be, we suffer. We put ourselves aside over and over again. How many times have you said to yourself, “When this is done, I will have more me time?” But we all know that before “this” is done you’ll create a whole new list of “that” to do.
Choose Sanity/Seek Balance
Looking around the house you see something at every angle that needs your attention. You’re tired and ready to relax but your mind pulls you toward the mail at the end of the table or the laundry that’s piled in the corner. As responsible and loving as it may be to handle those tasks for yourself and everyone around you, ask yourself these questions:
- How tired am I?
- Does my mind need a break?
- How important is it that the task is done now?
- Is it worth my sanity?
Without balance we become unhappy and unhealthy. The goal here is to bring balance to your everyday life. This may be a slow process but just the act of awareness will start the transition. Cut and paste these yin and yang tips on your refrigerator, desk, or anywhere else you will see them every day. It will serve as a daily reminder of your intention to add the delicate task of balance to your day-to-day tasks.
- Work / Play
- Children Time / Adult Time
- Strategic Planning / Meditation
- Nurturing Others / Nurturing Yourself
That’s not to say that you should lie around on the couch all day and watch TV. You can, however, allow yourself some time to explore the things you love to do, whether that means time for your yoga practice, reading, going to the gym—or which might mean giving yourself the time to watch a TV show at the end of a long day and save some chores for the next day. The chores will still be there, your Zen may not.
The bottom line is that you impact those around you in ways you may not even realize. Remember if you’re happy, that happiness seeps into everyone else’s life. I have seen this time and time again., where my mood as mother and wife, has set the tone for the overall mood in the house. Have you?
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Some of this information was taken from: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/women-how-to-move-yourself-to-the-front-burner?
Melissa Carver, Ph.D.