Five Easy Ways to a Less Frazzled Life
Is that a bird? Is that a plane?
No, it’s Superwoman!
Have you got into the habit of being Superwoman? Do you push through, even when exhausted, so that everything gets done but you end up feeling wiped out? Does life feel like a whirlwind of meeting other people’s needs and deadlines and expectations?
Superwoman can feel useful occasionally – that last push before a work deadline; pulling everything together at the last moment before a children’s party; getting organised for the family holiday… but she relies on adrenaline, the hormone that reacts to emergencies.
Adrenaline is central to the ‘fight or flight’ response that will help us run away or fight physical dangers - it’s a lifesaver - literally!
But, if we are relying on Superwoman to get through every day we'll have high levels of adrenaline all the time too. Which isn’t good for our bodies and doesn’t help us feel good. If we stay in Superwoman too long we’re also likely to meet her three cousins – Bitch, Victim and Martyr – as their names suggest, none of them are great houseguests either.
The One of Many™ tools I use with coaching clients help us to think, react and behave in more helpful ways to the challenges we all face. Allowing us to feel better about ourselves, get more done with less stress and, often, get better results from those around us too. What’s not to like?
Part of the framework for this way of working is a idea that we can cultivate aspects of ourselves that are there all the time but that we may not be using well. You may be familiar with the concept of archetypes – they are used within psychology and storytelling – they are a shortcut to describe a set of characteristics. If I say ‘witch’ or ‘businesswoman’ or ‘princess’ it would give you an idea of the person or character I was referring to. Superwoman is an archetype – one that we understand only too well in our modern world. Bitch, Victim and Martyr are archetypes too. The words are a short cut to help us understand certain behaviours which can lead us to feel exhausted and disempowered.
I’d like to introduce you briefly to five strong, feminine archetypes – at One of Many™ we call them PowerTypes™ – who can help us the tackle life in a more relaxed, yet powerful, way. For each one I’ve included a short activity that might help you get through difficult days feeling less frazzled than usual. Just click the button and I'll send you a PDF.
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