How to Be Productive and Rest at the Same Time

You’re terrible at scheduling down time. In fact, if you’re not doing 483 things at the same time, you feel guilty.  You’re tired and need a break, but you’re afraid that if you ever stop you’ll never get moving again.

Sound familiar? You might be struggling with Superwoman Syndrome. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. I myself tend to walk a delicate balance between the extremes of being an over-accomplished multitasker and a total slack-off. Neither extreme feels great and neither is infinitely sustainable.

Fortunately, there are many points along that spectrum of productivity that can allow us to get things done without working ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Here are 3 ways to get the rest you need while still being productive. Continue reading “How to Be Productive and Rest at the Same Time”

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

There are a ton of people in the blogosphere talking about “self-care”. The Life Edit Project is no exception—it’s one of the things we continuously promote and encourage women to do more often and in better ways.

But what the heck is self-care, anyways?

Poking around on the interwebs, I found two definitions that make it plain. According to Psych Central, “self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” The Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre gets even more basic, describing self-care as the type of care done “for you, by you.”

Simple, right? But just because the concept is simple doesn’t mean it’s easy to put into action. Continue reading “Self-Care Isn’t Selfish”

The Struggle of Superwoman Syndrome

There are so many of us who struggle with Superwoman Syndrome.  And the struggle is real.

We’re serving as the hero-in-residence in our homes, in our offices, and for causes that help make the world a better place. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it, and why not us, right? I mean, in the 21st century, it’s not unreasonable for a woman to think that she can have it all and do it all…right?

A distinguished career. A loving and supportive partner. One fur-baby and two children—one enrolled in gifted classes, the other in a Montessori program. A modest windowsill garden where we grow our own potted basil and cilantro. A spotless home. And endless good hair days.

It’s not unreasonable to want to be volunteer of the year, try a new recipe from your favorite Pinterest board each week, and always snap Instagram selfies that slay on the first try…right? I mean, we haven’t had a woman president yet, but it’s only a matter of time. Because: #NeverthelessShePersisted and #ReclaimingMyTime.

But in our quest to show ourselves and everyone else that we can do anything, we try to do everything. And that’s where Superwoman Syndrome kicks in. Continue reading “The Struggle of Superwoman Syndrome”