Tribute to Giving Women Everywhere

The countdown to the busy holiday is fast approaching bringing with it a multitude of activities, planning and other tasks associated with the giving season. Before you get bogged down in “must do’s”, take a moment to remember that you are much, much, more than WHAT you do.

Women all over the world give joy, hope, love, compassion, support and ideas every day to our families, friends and the world. Yet, many of us fall short when it comes to our self-care.

While you’re giving and doing during this busy time of the year, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t scatter your energy and resources to the point of exhaustion so that you don’t have enough energy to continue giving and doing for others and still have the time and energy you need for your self-care.
  • Ask for help when you need it. Allow others to take responsibility for completing tasks assigned to them. Enlist the aid of your children, spouse, relatives, friends or co-workers when you need help. And, let others be responsible for their actions and decisions. Don’t take on responsibilities that don’t belong to you and then wonder why you can’t get any help.
  • Don’t cry when you want to scream. Bottling up your emotions is a quick way to depression and feeling like the joy has been drained from you. Assertively let others know what is acceptable to you and what’s not. Set strong, consistent boundaries to avoid feeling taken advantage of.
  • Do something fun and spontaneous just because you can.  Planning is great but sometimes you need to just enjoy the moment.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong in you giving. Caring and generosity are admirable traits. However, it’s when your giving gets in the way of self-care that it becomes a problem.

So, this holiday season and every day, while you are doing all that giving – cooking, cleaning, shopping, planning, organizing, decorating – take time to honor WHO you really are by giving yourself the gift of self-care first!

What self-care tips will you use during this hectic time of year?

 

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author

 

 

Certified Life Coach, Family therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys M. Anderson, helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care.

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