Today we are focusing on female empowerment as an alternate theme for our Friday discussions.
Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social or economic strength of individuals and communities. It often involves the empowered developing of confidence.
Many of the barriers to women’s empowerment lie ingrained in cultural norms. Many women feel these pressures, while others have become accustomed to being treated inferior to men.
I think most of you who read this blog are over 50 or thereabouts. We’re now past middle age. Our bodies aren’t as strong and resilient. We’ve often had injuries which usually means that arthritis has subsequently followed.
So today we’re discussing how we have found ways to make our lives easier. It could be that these difficulties we face are due to age, time constraints, etc. Multi-tasking can only go so far.
No one is going to take care of our minds and our bodies better than we can ourselves.
I’m currently having to be easier on myself due to aging and injuries. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I just can’t do it all anymore.
I’m going to have to hire someone to help me do things that are too taxing on my body. Or they just flat won’t get done.
I feel pain more often than not.
What I know I have to do is stop when my body screams for me to stop. I’ve always pushed through trying to get things done. But my body is telling me that I can no longer do that.
To make things easier, I now order heavier items like kitty litter online and it is brought to my door. This is my way of being kinder to myself.
My ankle gets irritated quickly if I climb up on a step stool, walk more than a block or carry anything over 10 pounds more than about 50 feet.
I tire more quickly. There was a time when I’d overdo one day and pay for it the next day. Now it takes longer for my body to rebound. So I’m looking at 3-4 days instead of one day.
Because of these limitations I’ve had to modify my former way of doing things. The days of throwing caution to the wind are over. My habitual lack of being cautious has come back and slapped me in the face.
This is the time in our lives when we’re more apt to look at downsizing so we have less home to handle. If your home is more than you need, you might look at this as a possible solution. Less home, less stuff. Less stuff, less work.
In what ways have you learned to be kinder to yourself?