Scaling Back Isn't Selfish

Sometimes too much is simply too much.
Scaling Back Isn't Selfish
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Every woman I know experiences some kind of pressure to do more. Pressure comes from work, from family, from church, from countless worthy causes, and especially from a culture that values achievement so highly.

We pressure ourselves, too. We pressure ourselves with unreasonable expectations, with false comparisons to what we imagine or assume other women are handling: “Look at her,” we say to ourselves. “She’s doing so much and she’s not struggling. I really should be doing more. What’s wrong with me?”

Aside from these external and internal pressures, life has its own way of demanding more of us when we least expect it. Illness, injury, death, and other personal crises will always be a part of living in a broken world, and they all draw from our reserves of time, energy, and emotional health.

Combined, our choices and circumstances are leading to a growing number of women who are overworked, overcommitted, and overwhelmed. It’s stressful. It’s bad for your health. It’s toxic to your relationships. And it impairs your ability to connect with and serve God well.

Creating Space to Breathe

It’s one thing to recognize that you’re overwhelmed—it’s quite another to know what to do about it. Many women I speak with know that they’re doing too much, but they feel trapped and don’t know where to start. If you’re ready to make a change, here are some steps to get you back on track.

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Diane Paddison

Diane Paddison is a business professional and founder of 4wordwomen.org, local groups of professional working women committed to faith, family, work, and each other.

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