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 September 8, 2009

Los Angeles, CA (  -Are you plagued with Superwoman Syndrome? Many women I’ve coached have felt plagued with the pressure of needing to do it all and be everything to everyone. Oftentimes, this feeling begins in adolescence and follows us into womanhood as we continually strive to measure up to some unattainable ideal we hold in our minds

We have all heard the instructions of an airline attendant reminding us to put on our own oxygen mask before we help anyone else with theirs. You may have heard this cited as a metaphor for self-care because it so accurately expresses why it is important. It implies that you cannot do an efficient job of taking care of anyone else until you take care of yourself. However, women often find themselves feeling guilty and selfish when they take time for themselves and put others things aside or say no.
Remember that in order to truly be an empowered woman who experiences feminine success, you may have to say no to others temporarily so you can say yes in the long run. There’s nothing wrong with delegating a task to someone else or delaying a commitment for the sake of maintaining your own mental, emotional, and physical health. You can even encourage yourself by saying "I am caring for myself so that I am better able to care for others" or some other mantra that will encourage you. It also helps to remember that self-care doesn’t have to be composed of massively time-consuming acts. In fact, the best prescription for taking care of yourself is probably small, daily rituals; for example, taking one half-hour for yourself at the beginning and end of the day to meditate, journal, or pray or spending some time at the end of the day alone in a warm bath or relaxing on your patio.

Whatever you decide, making some small gesture where you put yourself first every day will pay off increase your feminine success and make you more effective in the many roles you play throughout a typical day. The oxygen you need is all around you; sometimes you just need to be reminded to breathe.




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