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How to Stop Feeling Guilty – Success Mentor Shares Work Life Balance Tips with Mothers

Adelaide, Australia – WEBWIRE

ADELAIDE, Australia February 2015 – The last national census in 2011 revealed that of the more than half a million mothers in paid employment, many feel emotionally torn between staying at home and taking care of their children and maintaining a career, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. A 2013 survey undertaken by childcare website CareforKids also found that a third of working mum respondents identified ‘a mother’s guilt’ as the hardest part of returning to work.

Women have a unique gift of easily and efficiently finding fault within themselves. Women as entrepreneurs juggling parenthood simultaneously are particularly good at harbouring guilt around all the things they haven’t done, should’ve done or couldn’t do, especially when it comes to spending time with her child versus spending time working on herself.

Founder of Today’s Woman Events, an organisation that empowers women as entrepreneurs and mothers to maintain a healthy work life balance, Miriam Castilla says it’s integral for women to “learn how to stop feeling guilty”.

“Women have a skewed perception of what’s important or what needs to be done. The stress that comes with the need to ‘have it all’ is usually coupled with an encompassing sense of overwhelm, because ‘having it all’ is often an unrealistic expectation. The price people are paying for this anxiety is usually their health,” Miriam says.

“I often suggest women sit down and make a list of all the things they’re trying to do. They usually find many things on their to-do list are there to please other people, because they feel a sense of obligation, or because it’s ‘the right thing to do’. But often when they dig a little deeper, they find it’s not really expected at all, and is more accurately, a high expectation they have placed on themselves.”

As an author, speaker, entrepreneur and mother, Miriam understands firsthand the daily challenge women experience trying to achieve a sense of work life harmony. She also knows the relief when those overwhelming feelings are broken down and made manageable.

Miriam shares these three essential work life balance tips with working mothers to overcome stress, guilt, and overwhelm:

  1. The key to how to stop feeling guilty is to get clear on one’s core values. Miriam says, “If you keep in mind WHY you do what you do and ensure you’re focusing on the things that you’ve decided are most important to you – not anyone else - you can make deliberate choices with less guilt.”
  1. The key to eliminating the stress many women put on themselves is to stop trying to please other people, and learn to ask for help or say no. Miriam says, “We try too hard to be perfect and feel we ‘should’ be able to do it. Get rid of ‘should’ and replace it with ‘could’.
  1. The key to managing feelings of overwhelm is to learn how to read the early warning signs and put a coping strategy in place, before breaking point. Miriam says, “Taking time out for a walk may seem counterproductive when you’re feeling under the pump but it will clear your head so you can go back to systematically working through what’s most important to you and enjoy a sense of achievement again.”

The award winning business owner launched Today’s Woman Events after the success of her book Today’s Woman - Life Balance Secrets: Practical Tips & Tricks for Overcoming Stress, Guilt & Overwhelm. Aside from being an entrepreneur, she is also a mentor, mortgage and financial adviser, and success breakthrough specialist.

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