Women who do too much, or those suffering from the super woman
syndrome, are oft heard to say "I dont have time to feel pain or be
Oooh – ring any bells?
I’ve said it. I called a friend to task on it this very morning. Sore shoulder dear? Definitely NOT computer created? Hmmphh.
I bet if you’re a woman with a thousand roles, a to do list bigger
than Ben Hur and a calendar that couldnt squeeze another minute in -
you’ve definitely said it.
I DONT HAVE TIME TO BE SICK!
Mothers, career women, carers all – we are way too busy to fit in
being sick or feeling sore. And it doesnt help that if we open our
mouths and state our soreness (or an "oww" just springs out, unbidden)
the males in our life are telling us what to do to fix it.
(And if he isnt, honey, hang onto him – he’s worth his weight in Platinum!)
We battle on, regardless. Kids still have to be taxi-ed, meals
still have to be prepared, jobs still have to be done,
washing-ironing-cleaning still must get done – s.o.m.e.h.o.w. It’s a
very rare moment indeed that we allow ourselves to be, well, even,
You know when you feel those first niggles? The scratchy throat,
the twinge in your back, the niggly headache, the soreness in your
ankle, or maybe even just more tired than usual?
Those are warning signs girls. They arent plastered in neon lights,
so we ignore them, dont we? We dont have time to pay attention.
So our body may signal a little louder. And then, when we still dont stop and listen, our body YELLS.
And we have no choice. We are GROUNDED. By then, of course, it’s way too late. We have to pay attention because that is all we can do.
It is time for us ‘super women’ to notice our humanity. When we
receive body signals, those first little whispers, we need to sit up
(or should I say – sit DOWN?) and pay attention.
What is it we are doing? What is it that is creating the signals?
Are we taking care of our body – exercising, drinking enough water,
feeding ourselves appropriately, getting enough sleep, even – oooh
here’s a stretch! – pampering ourselves just a little?
And here’s the real cruncher – if we pay attention to the little niggles, and take a little more care then, often our body will respond well and we’ll be back in fine form in no time at all. No productivity lost.
It’s when we think we’re too busy to heed those signals that we are
grounded – and guess what? All that busyness stops with a mighty bang
- and there is no productivity at all.
Any little signals you’re ignoring? Make the time today to reassess… before your body starts to yell.