Being a woman in today’s world is no easy ride. Between juggling work, family, and social life, the pressure can build up. As an independent woman, you might also feel pressure to handle problems independently, which is how deeper problems can manifest themselves. Rather than facing it alone, reach out and ask for help. A problem shared is a problem halved.
Knowing when it becomes 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 you can’t shake. Burning out is common among women; you could suffer without even knowing it. Maybe you skip meals or stay up too late trying to check tasks off the to-do list. Or it could even be pushing yourself too hard at the gym. Soon you’re exhausted, which seriously affects 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 feel a new pressure to do well at work or 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 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 that you need largely depends on the problem. If you’re struggling to manage your workload, your employer can help you.
If you’re doing too much at home, talk to your partner about how they can assist you with reducing stress. For problems without an easy solution, like depression or low self-esteem, then professional help may be the answer.
Where not to turn for help lowering stress
It’s important not to turn to substances to alleviate your problems. A glass of wine at night may seem fine to start with to ease the day’s stress, but how long until you depend on it?
And medications you started taking for a health issue may be ones you come to rely on 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 to take on your path to wellness.
Sharing your feelings with others can ease your dependence on vices and alert them to how you feel so that they can keep an eye on you. But this can only happen if you open up and ask for help.
When you take a step back and realize where you’ve been going wrong, take steps to get your health back on track for your mental and physical well-being. Recovering from a knockdown or bad patch will take time, so try not to feel frustrated if you don’t feel better overnight. Take each day as it comes, and be sure to ask for help when you need it.
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