Being a woman in today’s world is no easy ride. Between juggling work, family and a social life – the pressure can soon build up. As an independent woman, you might also feel pressure to handle problems on your own, which is how the deeper problems can manifest themselves. Rather than facing it alone, reach out and ask for help. A problem shared is a problem halved after all.
Knowing when it’s become too much
Sometimes a problem can creep up on you before you even know it’s a problem. One late night at the office becomes two; two become five and the next thing you know it’s a weekly habit that you can’t shake. Burning out is common amongst women and you could be suffering without even knowing it. You could be skipping meals, staying up too late or even pushing yourself too hard at the gym – soon you’re exhausting yourself and having a serious effect on both your mental and physical health.
Take a look at your routine. Has it always been like this? Or are these new habits a recent development? You might have had an event trigger this change or felt a new pressure to do well at work or at home. Comparing yourself to others is another way you might start to feel the pressure which can force you to push yourself too hard. Take a real good look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’re happy and if your lifestyle is healthy. If the answer isn’t ‘yes,’ then it’s time to ask for help.
How to get the help you need
How you get the help you need can largely depend on what the problem is. If you’re struggling to manage your workload then it’s your employer who should be able to help you and do what they can to ease it. If you’re doing too much at home, talk to your partner about how they can help. For problems without an easy solution, like feeling depressed or suffering from low self-esteem than professional help may be the answer.
It’s important that you don’t turn to substances to help you with your problems. A glass of wine at night may seem fine to start with to ease the stress of the day, but how long until you start to depend on it? The same goes for prescription medication, which you may have started taking for an actual medical condition but come to rely upon it to get you through the day. If you feel like it’s beyond the point of just stopping, then going to rehab or undertaking a rapid opiate detox might be another step that you have to take on your path to wellness. Sharing your feelings with others can ease your dependence on vices to make you satisfied, and alert them to how you feel so that they can keep any eye on you.
When you take a step back and realize where you’ve been going wrong, you should take steps to get your health back on track for both your mental and physical wellbeing. Recovering from a knock or a bad patch will take time, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t feel better overnight. Take each day as it comes and be sure to ask for help when you need it.