Women today are living with increased responsibilities, such as trying to manage a career, a husband, children, ministry, household chores, financial management, exercise, and much more. A common societal expectation is that women can “do it all,” and do it gracefully (which, dear ladies, we have contributed to significantly, bless our hearts!). Unfortunately, these unrealistic expectations have facilitated a collective mindset that the busier a woman is, the greater her value. This leads to completely unmanageable levels of stress in a woman’s life, and women have begun to wear that stress as a badge of honor, boasting about their busyness and feeling guilty for having “down time” in their schedules.
While it is true that no one can avoid stress all the time, managing stress is a choice. The choice to be made is whether or not the woman will swap stress’ false badge of honor for a badge of courage, shifting her mindset and choosing to cope with and control her stress before it controls or even kills her. Stress management is a must in the contemporary woman’s life, and it does not have to come with a prescription or be complicated, confusing, time-consuming or costly.
I will endeavor in the coming weeks to give you some tools for your stress management toolbox. Over the next couple of weeks, starting with this post, I will share some introductory thoughts and a bit of my story. I will move into why stress can be good and what happens when it goes bad. And then I will proceed to spend a bit of time each week on some techniques for becoming victorious over the stress that is threatening to consume so many women’s lives, relationships and physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health.
My goal is that this will be an ongoing series of not-too-long posts, so they’ll be helpful but not suck up too much of your time. I mean, that would be sort of counterproductive, right? I do hope you’ll join me on this journey, and I look forward to your feedback, as well as suggestions for future blog topics. Be sure to subscribe to my blog so that my posts go directly into your email and you can read them at your leisure!
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