Women and Stress Management

Hi, my name is Kristin and I’m a total work-a-holic. Well at least I used to be until I put myself in check a couple years ago. Up until then I felt like I needed a constant coffee IV. I was constantly working and, when not working, I was running errands or doing something for my family. I know a lot of you can relate to that. It seems like as women we’re almost hard wired to put everyone else’s needs before our own.  We try to be all things to all people.

We don’t prioritize taking time out for ourselves and, as a result, we’re burned out, tired all the time, eating too much, eating too little, not sleeping enough…. and the list can go on and on. However, probably one of the most harmful consequences is that we lose our identity and power. Women are constantly pushing their own needs aside and the toll is driving many to seek my help.

Ladies, it’s time to put yourself first.

 

How to engage in self-care

First let me tell you by what I mean when I say “self-care.” Self-care is any instance in which you’re focusing on your own needs and putting yourself first. So, how do you engage in self-care? There are a million and one ways to take care of yourself and can involve very little effort. It can range from taking a hot bath to signing up  for a yoga class. Do you journal? This is another great way to take care of you. It can bring insight into how you’re thinking and feeling and help you resolve issues that arise during the day. Want to try a new hobby? Sign up for that weekly art class you’ve been eyeing for years.

In the words of Donna and Tom from Parks and Rec- “treat yoself!” (btw Parks and Rec is a hilarious show and watching it is a great way to engage in self-care!) Try starting small and simple and slowly incorporate more self-care into your daily life. TREAT-YO-SELF

Leave me a comment below and tell me how you take time out for yourself! Please visit my website to see what sort of services I offer to help with stress management!

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  1. Hi Dr. Harris, Thank you for posting on the importance of self-care and self-help, especially for women! We can easily get caught up in the day-to-day minutia of life, and taking time for self-care, even if just minutes in the day, is key for happiness and emotion regulation.

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