Millions of women are silently suffering under the weight of deadlines and to-do lists.
Being a mother, wife, daughter, sister, boss, employee the list of hats that modern women wear seem endless.
Work deadlines, never-ending kid’s activities, family commitments, long commutes, broken water pipes, mountains of washing, looming bills all mounting the pressure and stress.
You might be one of them.
It’s like you stepped onto a Hamster Wheel and it isn’t stopping!
Soon you begin to feel overwhelmed and sick.
You may feel that its all somehow beyond your control, you wish things would be different but somehow they never seem to get significantly better.
You take a holiday and you relish those few days of calm but only a matter of hours after your return the pressure begins to mount again. Very soon it feels as though you have never had a break at all.
In my research, I’ve learned one very important thing.
Stress is an equation and you can control the inputs.
One side of the equation are the demands that we feel from our employers, family and friends. Demands that seem to require us to work longer hours at work and at home with fewer resources, often at the expense of our health and wellbeing. We also live in stressful times, you need only switch on the television or radio and you hear the most awful things happening around the word and right here on our doorstep. It can easy to focus on the external stressors and the impact that they have on us. But the other side of the stress equation is us. There is so much that you can do to support your body and your mind. Yes, I know your boss, commute, significant other, kids, bills or mile-long to do lists are a huge part of your stress.
But you only escape stress when you stop looking outside for all the answers.
I’m not saying external stuff doesn’t cause or exacerbate stress. What I’m saying is that there is so much we can do to support our body and mind to be resilient in the face of the stressors.
When I suffered from Burnout 6 years ago I was very firmly stuck on the Hamster Wheel. I ignored all the signs that my body and mind where sending me that my health was suffering. I kept on coping, kept myself on the Hamster Wheel. Then quite simply I wasn’t!
I suffered Burnout and spent three months in a private clinic working my way back to health. I then spent the last 6 years studying, training, working with experts in various fields to gain a real understanding of how stress impacts women’s health. Now we get to share this knowledge and expertise with you on our Stress Reset Retreat.
Know the Signs
- If you are feeling wired but tired all the time.
- If you are suffering repeat infections, colds or fungal infections.
- If you cant remember the last time you had a good nights sleep.
- If your moods and emotions seem out of control.
- If you have a pocket of fat around the middle that just wont shift.
Your body is sending you signals that you are no longer coping. Do not ignore these signs.
If you recognize or suspect that your health may be compromised by stress then take action right now. Speak to your GP or other health care professional.
It may be time to step off the Hamster Wheel and reset before you fall off due to ill health and exhaustion.