Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Three Helpful Tips for Coping with Whatever Life Throws Your Way

The American woman’s life is full and overflowing with demands, expectations, and requirements. Some of these may be things we place on ourselves, and some of them may be the result of family, societal, cultural and professional pressures. We’ve got to do everything men can do, but do it in heels, and we often feel the pressure to go above and beyond that by being the perfect mom, homemaker, artist, fashionista, teacher, and inspirer. Here are a few tips to help you keep your sanity in the midst of the stresses and demands of life.  

Take care of your health. Getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and exercise all deeply influence your quality of life. No matter how busy you are, it is important to carve out time for each of these things. Some days your health routine may be as simple as taking your folic acid, and other days you may have more time to try out that new yoga class. Don’t beat yourself up when you’re unable to maintain the balance that you’d like, but know that taking care of your physical health will directly influence your mood, sense of confidence, appearance, and long-term health. Make it a priority. It’s worth it.  

Have some fun! We Americans tend to focus so much on work and maintaining our expensive lifestyles that we forget how to go out and have good, old-fashioned fun. Instead of rushing from obligation to obligation, take some time to go apple picking with the family, have a hot date with your husband, go to a water park and scream all the way down the slides, or have a pumpkin carving contest with the family. It’s important to teach your kids that life is not all work, and that having fun is an investment in their overall emotional and spiritual health.  

Take some time to reflect. Life rushes by far too quickly, and part of maintaining a sense of stability comes from taking time to acknowledge how far you’ve come. If you enjoy writing, set aside time to write in a journal at a pace that works for you. Some like to do this every night. Some prefer once a week. You don’t have to be the best writer or even write in complete sentences. Draw pictures. Make lists. Do whatever works for you to take time to acknowledge how far you’ve come before pushing onward to where you’re going.

Paige One writes about different topics, from fashion to fitness. Don’t forget to stay sane and take some time for you when life gets crazy.

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