All work and no play make a diva lose her shine. In this fast paced, demanding world we live in, you cannot help but get lost in the fast lane. Gone are the days when women were expected to hold the role of housewife and mother only. Now we have women venturing into unchartered territories, career and business wise, whilst taking care of their families. With all this going on, you can sometimes loss perspective and neglect yourself. When I say neglect, I don’t necessarily mean image wise, but on a personal level.
Many of us dedicate so much of our time to everyone but ourselves, husbands, children, relatives, workmates, bosses, business partners etc. Don’t get me wrong there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If there is one thing women are well know for, is being caring, considerate, kind and the list goes on and on, but like I said earlier on you have to think about yourself as an individual also. You have to care for yourself before you can care for others. Perhaps you are overwhelmed and feel there is no way back, or you realise how important it is and you want to start. Well, below are three ways you can find yourself again…
We usually hear this phrase in movies or in TV series, a psychologist advising a stressed housewife to find time for herself. Me Time, as it is popularly called, is basically dedicating a certain amount of time to yourself. Do something you love, go shopping, go for a manicure, visit a friend or maybe just read that book you’ve been meaning to read for the last couple of months. Basically the whole point is to do what you love doing during Me Time. Don’t be afraid to be labeled as selfish, you are not. You deserve to rest after all that strenuous work you do. So number 1, make some Me Time for yourself.
Get Together With Workmates
Sometimes when you work so hard you often at times find it difficult to interact with fellow workmates on a personal level because you are so used to dealing with them on a work related basis. However, it’s important to also get to know them socially as you spend a lot of time together. Attend after-hour company activities, if there aren’t any, go ahead and organise such an event for you and your colleagues. This sort of bonding will eventually pay dividends in the workplace as it creates unbreakable team spirit, and makes the workspace more harmonious.
Love What You Do
A wise person once said “Find something you love doing in life and find a way of making money from it”. The simple reasoning behind this is that we spend most of our time at work, so if you don’t love what you are doing there is a huge problem. Don’t be afraid to leave that 8- 5 job you know isn’t working for you, for something you love doing. You don’t have to be a slave in a workplace, but rather you should be a part of the vision of the company and personally strive to do your best to achieve and accomplish that vision.
Always make sure you don’t lose that shine. As Diva’s we need to continue shining on, in this earth.
By Chipo Kakora