Do you ever get overwhelmed with everything going on – but forge ahead anyways? Has the media or other people close to you made you feel inadequate for not being able to get everything done on a “whim?” Do you feel the walls closing in on you? Or do you feel you’re treading water and barely keeping your head above the water? When you have these feelings, what do you do?
“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” 1 Peter 5:7-9
Many women today multitask all day long and then wonder why they are so tired at night. They set goals, but forget to break the tasks (and goals) into manageable items. We all want to make sure the kids are taken care of; the husband or parents are happy; the pets are fed and walked; the boss is happy with our work; and to get noticed in all of the networking groups we are a member. In doing all of this many women forget to take time for themselves.
Taking time out to do something for yourself does not make you a selfish person, regardless of what others say. You have to have peace of mind to concentrate on the tasks at hand. If you are overwhelmed and do not take a time out, your work and family life could suffer. Not to mention, your goals will never be met.
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health as it goes well with your soul.” 3 John 1:2
Read the following and make yourself a priority. The life you deserve should be your #1 Goal.
- Pray over the successes and failures in your life. Take time to thank the Lord that you have the energy and resources to take care of your everyday needs. If you don’t feel you have enough energy and resources, pray for God to provide them for you.
- Take care of yourself first and everything else will fall into place. If you are not well, you cannot take care of others.
- The old saying “if mom is not happy, no one is happy” is true! So take time for you.
- Be true to yourself.
- Love yourself. Love yourself. Love yourself.
- Be yourself no matter where you are.
- Be confident in everything you do.
- There is no shame in getting professional help if you feel overwhelmed or depressed.
- Alcohol, drugs, or other mind-altering chemicals are not the answer. Do not give into the temptation of these things. They are only a temporary fix and can cause long-term harm.
- Your car, home, and job do not define you. You define you.
- Get a manicure, pedicure, or massage when time and your budget permits. Or, get together with a friend and give each other a manicure or pedicure.
- Get your yearly medical exams and lab work. Be healthy!
- For women: do self-breast exams once a month. Ask your doctor to show you how.
- When you get stressed out, ask yourself if it will matter in five years. If the answer is no, let it go. If it is yes, find a solution.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6
Remember, you are not alone in this struggle. The devil works hard to disrupt the lives of women everywhere. Many women experience the same feelings and struggles you do. We are all here to support each other. If you see another woman going through the stress of “trying to do it all,” call her out on it. Talk with her. Pray with her. Our purpose does not have to be a struggle. We need to take each day and each task – one at a time. We can all reach our goals with the help of others.
“You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar