Do You Have Wonder Woman Syndrome?
Do you think you have to do it all? Feel stressed about trying to do everything for everybody?
It’s time to stop and put yourself FIRST. (gasp)
Do you have wonder woman syndrome?
The need to do it all. It’s leaving us ladies stressed out. According to a study, women experience the physical and emotional symptoms of stress more than men and 28 percent of women rank their stress as an eight, nine or 10 on a 10-point scale, and we aren’t doing what we need to do to manage it.
See if you can identify with this.
Wonder Woman Syndrome shows up in depression, anxiety, emotional dys-regulation; anger or irritability; disturbed sleep; foggy or impaired memory; headaches; fatigue; and digestive disruption.
If that sounds like you, it’s time to build a wall. A wellness wall.
Each brick an action you can take to reduce your stress. Acting as a boundary, protecting you from the judgment and the “shoulds” that take from your emotional and physical health.
Brick 1: Put yourself first. — just like you plug your smartphone in every day to recharge it, right? We need to recharge our own batteries, too, or we’re no good to anyone.
Brick 2: Cultivate self-compassion. – we can be very hard on ourselves. Never quite good enough. Time to treat ourselves the way we would a best friend. Embrace the imperfection.
Brick 3: Create connections. -By sharing our stories, we lighten our loads. It’s that simple.
Brick 4: Practise mindfulness. – Stress increases when we time travel (worrying about what we did or didn’t do in the past, and what we should or shouldn’t do in the future). Right here, right now is a moment in time you’ll never get back.
Brick 5: Just S.T.O.P. – Sense what you’re feeling. Take a moment to be in the now. Objectify the feeling. This isn’t your failing, so be self-compassionate. Plan an intervention. Take a long bath or enjoy a walk.
The full article posted in Canadian Living. Click HERE.