Women’s Issues in Jacksonville, Florida
Women are warriors. That is my firm belief. We carry so many responsibilities and are queens of multitasking. Simply put, women get stuff done. On top of that, we are more often than not caregivers to one or more people in our lives. This may be our signifiant other or spouse, our aging parents, an ill or disabled sibling, and/or our children. Whether you are a new mom struggling to adjust to the major life change, a seasoned mom feeling exhausted, at a stage where you are having a loved one move in so that they are properly cared for, or dealing with wearing various hats at your job, prioritizing your own needs is crucial to remaining sane.
As caregivers, we tend to put our own needs at the bottom of the list. It’s certainly easy to do and not really intentional. Because of this, it’s easy to feel burnt out because we forget to take care of ourselves. Here are some of the signs I’ve seen from working with women who are near or at the burnt out stage:
- Increased irritability
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Tired a lot of the time
- Increased anxiety/worry
- Stomach issues
Helping You To Feel Better
In working with my clients, as part of the initial sessions, we talk about many aspects of their lives including historical information all the way up to the current situation and circumstances they are experiencing. Self-awareness is necessary in preventing burn out and overcoming it. I work with women on noticing signs, whether it be their thoughts or physiological body changes (such as feeling panicky, clenched fists, heart beating faster, etc.). This is their body and mind’s way of setting off a warning alarm that you need to take a step back and re-assess what’s going on. Coming up with a plan to ease stressors is another big piece that we work on. Discussion of what responsibilities can be released or delegated is typically helpful, even when the client thinks there’s nothing that can be done. Lastly, we talk about self-care. The idea of self-care means different things to different people. Talking about how she can increase her self-care and what tasks, specifically, can be implemented is another great tool used in our journey to helping her reach her goals.