Let’s face it: being a working woman is tough. Even though we’re told we can have it all, that doesn’t make achieving the life we want any easier. The pressure to keep up with work, relationships, family, and appearance has mounted considerably – and we’re the ones left to find the balance. Luckily, a lot of common problems can be easily solved with a little extra effort. Here are some ways to conquer the issues facing modern day women.
Don’t be complacent. Life, including work, is dynamic. If you find yourself not gaining any new skills through your current job, it’s time to start actively searching for new opportunities. Many women feel that possibilities for career development become less attainable once they start a family. It’s true that women are less able to travel or stay additional hours when they have children at home, but it’s also true that many men still take opportunities with these requirements without the same hesitation. Don’t be afraid to talk to your spouse about taking on more responsibility at home so you can further your own career development. If such an option isn’t available, be proactive in making the opportunity for yourself. Ask your supervisor if there are any projects you could assist on that fit your schedule. Start taking online courses in an area that could benefit your career; they not only offer more flexibility, but give you an edge on more modern practices or resources.
Be conscious about your health. It’s common knowledge that when you look better, you feel better, but that also goes in reverse. Taking care of both the inside and outside of your body is more intertwined than many women think. Sure, we all know that sleep deprivation ages your skin, but it can also cause depression, weight gain, and make you forgetful. The most prevalent health problem for women though is, of course, stress. We all know stress is bad, and we all put up with it because we think it’s either temporary or necessary. But it can lead to serious problems with sleep schedules, changes in eating habits, muscle pain, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Although it may seem unavoidable, you must remind yourself that your health is a top priority. Make sure you exercise regularly and keep a healthy diet; it will relieve stress as well as improve how you look. If you find you’re too strapped for time, try taking a short walk at lunch to get the blood pumping and clear your head. Most of all, make sure you do something you enjoy, just for yourself, at least once a week. Once your health starts improving, so will your mood, confidence, and overall appearance. This isn’t just about work, but a way to improve quality of life.
Take control. With the advent of the modern age we have enough technology at our disposal to drive any person a little crazy. You suddenly have an entire virtual world with multiple access points to work with, as well as a constant connection through which e-mails can bombard you. Though it may seem overwhelming, the solution is simple: organize yourself. Make work easier by synchronizing your devices. Create a virtual filing system. Take a project you have been putting aside and make a conscious decision to complete it. Knowing where things are, what is complete, and what needs to be finished will make work easier and boost your self-confidence. But taking control isn’t just about organization; making sure you’re decisions are not influenced by impulses can be difficult, whether it be an aversion to a certain task or compassion for the plight of an employee or co-worker. You don’t have to be a work robot; in fact, you should listen to what your body might be trying to tell you. But you need to be in-tune enough with yourself to walk the line in between what you want, need, and should do.