MONEY MATTERS WITH HELEN BAKER
Your questions answered with Leanne Hall, Re-partnered single mum, psychologist, personal trainer & health and nutrition coach. I work full-time due to my financial responsibilities and I have little flexibility in my job so I struggle if my children are
You’re only human. There are only so many hours in a day and we all have limits.
If it gets to a point where our health is suffering, something needs to change or our bodies will eventually take control and make the change for us. Change is something humans often struggle with. It can feel overwhelming. We don’t know where to start and if we’ve been under ongoing physical and emotional strain on top of that, we can find ourselves in a situation where the change we need to make may require more than we have available to us in our physical and psychological energy banks.
But there are things you can do.
1. REDUCE THE PRESSURE
Start by not putting too much pressure on yourself to find a quick fix. Allow yourself to take one step. Then take the next.
Look at your life carefully. Evaluate every aspect and see where you can scale down and relieve pressure. Even if you think you’ve already considered every option, consider it again.
At this point you need support around you. If you don’t have support on hand in terms of family and friends, you can reach out to your community or to your employer.
When it comes to working, it’s fine to work full-time but you need to be in a culture that supports working mums. Have a really open talk with your boss. If they won’t support you, it’s not a healthy environment for you. It may sound drastic, but if they don’t understand your situation, it’s not sustainable in the long-term and there are work places who will support you.
4. CHECK IN WITH YOUR GP
Make an appointment with your GP to check for things that could be contributing to the problem. Adrenal fatigue could be a factor, and there’s also a lot of research now that looks at your gut bacteria and how it relates to stress, depression and your immunity.
It’s ok to feel overwhelmed but you need to work out a plan for change or things will only get worse. Go back to basics, get those working for you again, then step up from there.