Don’t be superwoman all the time

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Here are easy and practical ways to have it all and still keep your body and soul well nourished.

Learn to say no Life coach Karen Donaldson says this doesn’t mean you’re incapable, inadequate or weak. It means no, you don’t want to, or no you can’t realistically make the time to do it. And that is reason enough. Go on a media diet Take a break from your media consumption. A lot of what we think we want is determined by what is in the media. Switch off and figure out what is it that you truly want. Be honest There is no substitution for truth. Ask yourself the tough questions. Who is your authentic self? What gives meaning to your life? Get support Good support structures help you to manage. You’d be surprised at how many people really want to help you. Your hubby can help with cooking for the kids while you work on your studies, and look after the kids when you need him to. If you’re single and are struggling financially, ask your child’s father to pay for some of the things. Know your abilities Loosen your control grip and trust, clinical psychologist Ketso Moorosi advises. “Knowing your abilities means knowing what you can and can’t do. Instead of being a perfectionist, allow others to take control when you can and trust them to do so. Delegate and don’t be a control freak,” she says. Don’t neglect your nutrition? Faye Harrison from Brien and Harrison Dieticians in Joburg says, “Career-driven people may skip meals when they are continuously on the go, which can contribute to fatigue. Keep raw nuts, trailmix, fruit bars, wholewheat biscuits and snack packs of lean biltong and popcorn available in handbags, laptop bags, the cubbyhole and the office drawer.” She also warns: “Avoid overdoing the caffeine fix found in coffee, Ceylon tea and cola drinks. This can contribute to anxiety and fatigue.” Make some me-time You can use this time to exercise, get a massage or meditate. Even breathing deeply for just five minutes makes a difference. Take time out just to relax.
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