In this day and age, women are surrounded by the social expectations of simultaneously raising children, nurturing their relationships and thriving to become a pioneer of their chosen careers, delivering new ideas and fresh perspectives on a historically male-dominated work force.
These expectations, coupled with the prospects of maintaining a social life, being a loving wife or girlfriend, and all of the everyday burdens that fall in the laps of women can be overwhelming.
Indeed, it can be easy to get lost and feel powerless in the face of such adversity.
However, it is imperative, both for our lives and the lives of all those we touch, that women take time to refocus, recharge, self-reflect, and pursue deep introspection into their lives. This inevitably raises the question of how a woman can achieve this in such a fast-paced, demanding world.
Use these 5 tips to take back control of your time and your life
1. Establish clear boundaries on your time, be it personal or in the work force.
While it can be tempting to stay over time to please your bosses or watch Finding Nemo for the 100th time with your kids, it can quickly wear you down and possibly cause you to lash out at those around you.
Take time for yourself, go to the spa, pursue a hobby, or reconnect with old friends.
2. Speaking of old friends, keep in touch with the ones you have.
Nothing can be more beneficial than taking a night out with friends to just kick back, gossip, or enjoy a drink or two.
You’ll be surprised at how much good can come from maintaining your friendships beyond talking to them on social media.
3. Take a vacation with the family.
Even if it’s just a weekend visit for a camping trip nearby, breaking the monotony of everyday life is essential to not falling into a depressing routine of work, home life, kids, significant other, and so forth.
As they say, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”.
4. Learning how to say “No”.
Often, we are too charitable or generous with our time or the favors that others ask of us. Contrary to what some may think, it is not rude or inappropriate to prioritize yourself and your well-being and others can certainly empathize with the need of focusing on one’s self.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t be friendly or offer assistance where you can, but if you are feeling bad about saying no too often, think about all the many ways that you say yes. If you’d like to spend time helping others in a more structured way than responding to ad hoc pleas for help, look out for volunteering opportunities that resonate with you.
5. Last but not least, have someone to talk to.
Whether it be a significant other, boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, or even your next door neighbor, it is good to have