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In 1950, women made up 29% of all working people- the workforce. 70% of whom held clerical or secretarial positions. (4)
TODAY, women make up 50% of the workforce (49.9% in 2009) and hold a variety of positions, qualifications and income levels. (5) In fact, 70% of married women who have kids also have an outside job. A much higher percentage than in 1950!
The roles and responsibilities of women have sky-rocketed. They must keep a clean & welcoming home, raise healthy balanced kids, balance the budget, run their forty-hour-a-week office/clinic/classroom, attend to aging parents, love their husbands and teach Sunday School…… .
The role of women are so complex and demanding: it’s mindboggling at times. One article refers to the working women as a “Jugglers of multiple roles.” So,
How many roles can you juggle? 5, 6 or up to 8 items all at once!
And the question still remains:
Where do women find the time to do all they must do.
Are you just, barely getting from day to day, rather than THRIVING in every area of life.
Are you constantly late? Do you ever have time for YOURSELF?
Do you procrastinate often? Not enough time to exercise and eat the right foods? Read this!
When a woman has too much to “juggle” or spend too much time in a given role this leads to Role Strain. (1)
Consequences of role strain
- Strained personal relationships
- Decline in physical health
- Anger and hostility
- Fatigue & tiredness
And other unhealthy and addictive habits can develop like Alcoholism and Overeating.
It was never God’s will for us to lead imbalance, anxiety-filled, unproductive live!
It was Christ who said, The Thief came only to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. But I am come that you might have LIFE and have it more abundantly. -John 10: 10
Our Lord also taught us that know matter how much stuff, jobs,assignments we must complete– To put Him first!
Matthew 6:33 says,
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
And Do Not Worry About Your Life.
Allowing ourselves to be overworked and over-stressed, trying to jungle everything, and “control” our lives, rather than Walking by Faith and remembering God’s promises to us are true. (2 Cor. 5:7 Rom. 1:17) and He is guiding our every step (Ps. 37:23).
Here are some Tips on coping with stress and living a balanced life (1):
1.Setting attainable personal and professional goals. Periodically ask yourself, “If something catastrophic happened to me today, would I have any regrets about the way I have lived my life?” To prevent burn-out, set limits.
2. Choose a partner and others who share your goals. Choose competent and trustworthy support people, such as child care providers and secretaries.
3. Establish your priorities. Make time for your family (attend school performances and sports events, take family vacations) and GOD and take care of yourself (eat right, get enough exercise, sleep). Remember to maintain a sense of humor.
4. Two potential spheres of support (ie, work and family) can serve as a useful role model for children.
So take care of yourselves- go to the beach, have a makeover day, treat ourselves to a sundae! And Please Please Turn off that cell phone!
If you implement these steps you’re well on your way to Living a Balanced Life.