Somewhere on the airwaves the other day I heard someone say 'I've learnt to endure myself'
I thought that was an odd thing to say but it really got me thinking. It got me thinking about how tough the last 7 years has been for my family and I as we have had various changes and difficulties to plow through. These included selling our business, going through burn out, buying/selling our house, seeing the first born leave home and other challenging issues.
I was 30 before I really began to deal with the low self esteem issue in my life. Up till then I had hidden it under aggressive or passive-aggressive behaviour. I was excruciatingly unhappy, with very low self esteem and no confidence at all. People called me 'strong' but I was dying on the inside. I had no real close, healthy relationships. Life was awkward and lonely. I was suffering from massive rejection, that was eating away at my soul.
I wanted to write about rejection because so many of us experience it to some degree. I want people to come into a place of freedom as I have (and still on the journey too). At it's worst it cripples the inside of you so much that you never have an anxiety free relationship. It's a terrible thing that causes us to isolate ourselves, and it destroys our self esteem and robs us of our identity.
'It's hopeless, what's the point?'
'I've lost my enthusiasm and my confidence'
'When is this going to end'
'I can't do this anymore'
Discouragement can be one of the biggest killers that stops our efforts, goals and dreams in their tracks. It is the antithesis of confidence and progress, and often creeps up on us unaware. The ironic thing about discouragement is that we are operating in the opposite of the very mindset we need to pull ourselves out of it.
'Somebody help me sleep!' How many of us have said that lying awake for hours on end, head buzzing, body rigid, overstimulated and exhausted?
There have been many articles written about sleep and how to get good quality sleep. Myself I can turn into a zombie if I have less than 10 hours sleep in two days. I'm strictly an 8 hours per night kind of gal. Overseas trips are an absolute nightmare for me. At the moment with a toddler living in the house and a slightly stressed hubby who isn't sleeping well either, I'm a little sleep challenged some days.
Less Stressed, Yes Please!
Now I know that we've all surfed the net and talked to our friends about how we can be less stressed when we're working moms whether outside or inside the home. You might be thinking, oh no not another blog on the subject. There is method to my madness however, and it is this...
...we all get really slack about it and fall back into the same old rut of letting the world around us dictate our stress levels, so we need reminding that we can do something about being less stressed.