There are days when you may feel like Dr. Seuss’ Bartholomew Cubbins. Like the boy with 500 hats, you can’t seem to find the real you under all the hats you wear: Breadwinner, nanny, cook, housekeeper, chauffeur, and on and on. I’d recommend cloning, but who has the closet space to house a robot army? And it would take an army to do everything we working moms are expected to do after we leave the office! No wonder so many of us suffer burnout.
Learn to Thrive
Even women with the budget to hire an army of helpers succumb to burnout. When media entrepreneur and working mom Arianna Huffington collapsed from exhaustion, she had an epiphany which she shares in her new best seller Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.
Living a satisfying and rewarding life requires redefining the meaning of success to include the things that nurture us as human beings. Focusing on well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving — what Arianna calls the third metric of success – can help working women avoid burnout and enjoy a healthier work-life balance.
Well-Being Is #1
Well-being is the first pillar of this new metric because you won’t have the energy to do anything else if you don’t take care of your health. Make developing strategies to cope with stress and energize your mind and body a priority.
- Carve out time for exercise.
- Take control of impulse eating.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Turn off electronics.
- Spend more time with friends and family.
- Use relaxation techniques to de-stress.
To take the bite out of burnout, visit my online Meditation Room or use these quick relaxation tips:
- Close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths.
- Count backward from 10.
- Savor a 1 oz. square of dark chocolate.
- Squeeze a stress ball.
- Sip a cup of green or herbal tea.
- Take a walk in the sunshine.
- Chew gum.
- Look out a window.
- Watch a funny video and have a good laugh.
- Listen to a favorite tune.
- Light an aromatherapy candle.
- Talk to a friend.