ARE YOU A SUCCESSFUL MODERN WOMAN?
I’m constantly amazed to hear how friends and clients treat their bodies. They grab their meals (with zero nutritive value) on the go, believe that running errands is true exercise, and then almost boast about not getting to bed until the wee hours to try and “get it all done.” They live the life they read about in magazines.
Does this sound like you?
After all, today’s society says that a woman who burns the candle at both ends, cares for everyone else first, and puts her own needs last (if at all) is considered the true picture of a modern successful woman.
We’re led to believe that ignoring our own needs
is somehow altruistic or noble
(or the epitome of feminine martyrdom).
When it comes to self-care and your body’s basic needs, where do you rank?
- Do you feed your body the nutrition it needs?
- Do you move your body on a daily basis?
- Do you practice emotional wellness techniques and treat yourself with kindness?
- Do you PLAN for consistent and productive sleep?
There are always exceptions here. No one on this planet is (or ever will be) perfect. But we’re not talking about perfection. We’re talking about moving yourself up on the food chain of your own life, so your needs become important enough to notice.
Once this shift happens, we can move from being a Modern Woman to a Wellness Woman.
One way to nurture this idea is to immerse yourself in the stories of others. Seeing how others have learned from their unhealthy experiences and moved beyond them can be soothing and comforting as well as enlightening. Isn’t it good to know that we’re in like-minded company?
That’s one reason why I’m a willing participant in any program that my friend, Lynnis Woods-Mullins offers. She’s a spiritually grounded, kind, loving, and soulful woman who has turned her own life around and continues to inspire others. I’ve been interviewed on her radio programs and am excited to share her newest endeavor.
She’s created her own magazine – for Wellness Woman 40 and Beyond!
Sounds great, eh?
I’m SO very honored to be featured in this month’s LOVE ISSUE of the Wellness Woman’s magazine. This special Self-Love and Self-Care issue includes articles from four women who share their tips, practices, and spiritual as well as physical healing journeys with readers.
Here’s a clip from my article you can find on page 7. Be sure to check out the magazine to continue reading:
“But when my health declined, I didn’t have the time to notice the onset of symptoms. I continued to “do it all” and believed by increased fatigue was justified. After all, aren’t all moms tired?
It wasn’t until my pain brought me to my knees (literally) that I started to pay attention.
Chronic illness was allowed a foothold in my life because I wasn’t looking. Being brought to your knees can be a good thing, but, wouldn’t it have been better if I’d listened to my body sooner? Unfortunately, I’m not alone. I see this same scenario over and over with clients. Women, specifically, fail to put their own needs high enough on their priority list to get attention.”
So, are you ready to learn to love yourself more, honor the essence of who you are, and continue to thrive along your journey to wellness? Read Wellness Woman 40 and Beyond the nations’ premiere mind, body, spirit e-magazine. The newest issue of this wonderful e-magazine is all about self-care and self-love. A beautiful magazine designed to renew, restore and reenergize your spirit.
You can read my article and much more by clicking on this Wellness Woman magazine link.
What plans do YOU have to become a Wellness Woman from this day and beyond? Share below!
Excellent publication and wonderful articles including yours, Sue. When my health broke down, I was spinning a lot of plates and received unhelpful, incorrect medical advice. I was a stay-at-home mom who was called to home school my children but a simple whiplash was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I did take care of myself the best I could under my circumstances. Yes, I almost called it quits to the home schooling but my spirit within would not call it quits. I did walk, I did rest, I did pray and was involved in life. I now know that it was my emotional condition that had to be dealt with in order to make any progress. But due to major complications, it took decades to heal. Still I persevered. Now it is my time but my health issues have majorly advanced and more keep coming. I now realize that I have very bad genetics from both parents. I won’t give up. But it is challenging. The magazine is valuable and believe it will help many women.
Thanks so much Julie! It sounds as if our healing journeys were very similar! I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, however, I’m very grateful for my own experience. It’s made me a completely different person than I would have been otherwise.
Although the expression “push yourself” could be considered the way to success, for those with chronic illness it is the way to get a flare! Listen to your body. When it is crying for rest, listen.
So true, Anne!
Sue, what valid points you have made. I know sometimes it takes a lot of rubbing of the lump of coal to become a diamond. We all are merely jars of clay from start to finish. But I think we are to take care of our temples as best we can. I have loved myself more despite the challenges and have grown in peace with gentleness to self and others. I do lament, however, what I would have been like if early childhood damages would not have come into my life. I am not responsible for that damage–it was not my sin–and consequences were almost deadly. I am responsible as an adult and how I respond now. Like I have shared before, I was in my 40s before I even knew as I had repressed. For years, the mind, body, and spirit suffered in unison. Now it is merely or mainly my body which I will treat with as much love as I can muster. I am just so blessed to have come around the bend of inner healing and for my heart/soul to be in a much better place. I know I will receive a new body one day and all suffering will be gone. It is my glorious hope. Until then, I will do the best I can, when I can, and how I can. God is very close to the brokenhearted. Thanks for listening, Sue.
Julie – you’ve articulated your journey beautifully and I thank you for sharing it here with this wonderful community.
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