I coach women everyday who burned out, tired of being tired and have little or no time for self care.
These women tell me that they don't have the energy or time for self-care because they are exhausted from taking care of family, relationships, careers, community and social obligations. They feel boxed in by the demands on their time, energy and limited resources. Their cup is running over with responsibilities of family, community and work that zap their energy and lack the freedom to have breathing space in their busy lives.
Underneath all that overwhelm, overwork and over commitment is a lack of strong boundaries.
When you have weak boundaries, your time, energy and limited resources are taken up by things that zap your energy and leave little, if any time to take care of the most important person in your life - YOU.
Here’s what you can expect when you have strong boundaries in place:
1. You can make choices that empower you without feeling guilty.
2. You can set limits on your time and create breathing space in your busy life so there is time for YOU.
3. You have time for self-care so that you can re-energize and replenish
4. Take care of the laundry, chores and other responsibilities and still have the freedom to do the things you enjoy most
5. Commit to only those things that you choose to do -- not what you think you “have to” do
So, what strong boundaries do you have in place that protects your precious time, energy and resources so that you can continue giving without giving up yourself?
Let’s continue this conversation on my blog…I would love to hear your thoughts.
Have a “happy” week!
Gladys M. Anderson is a certified group coach, personal life coach and a licensed marriage & family therapist. Gladys helps nurses, therapists, teachers and other caregivers establish boundaries, build balance and create breathing space into their busy lives.
Each 4th Tuesday of the month Gladys facilitates a monthly round table discussion that focuses on boundaries, life balance, empowerment, stress, decision-making and other topics of interest to caregivers.