Detrimental Caretaking
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‘I am woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me'. - Maya Angelou

What exactly is the role of a woman today? The modern day woman wants to be able to have it all in a world that has put too many limitations on what she can and cannot do. It is difficult to be a woman these days. Women, from the time they were little girls are socialised in such a way that they are made to believe that their needs fall second to those of the ones who depend on them. Somehow, society has made women feel suffocated by not giving them enough room to improve or pursue both career and personal growth. Women detrimentally caretake, resulting to stress and anxiety brought about by keeping your emotions and needs bottled up.

Detrimental caretaking is more common in women than in men. This is when they place the needs of those around them before theirs and cause significant harm to themselves. Detrimental caretaking comes in different forms, from the simplest ones like not eating properly to take care of a baby or not taking an amazing job offer to look after her family to a woman bottling up her emotions in order to not upset her partner. Doing this can cause significant strain on one’s emotions and severely affect a woman’s well-being.

Detrimental caretaking can be manifested in multitude of ways from subtle gestures to more massive life changing decisions. They come in different magnitudes but are equally as devastating for a woman’s overall psychological and in times, physical health. Putting someone else’s needs before yours, especially if it someone you deeply care about sounds like the right thing to do but it should not come on the expense of you letting go of your own wellness. In the end, it is not only you that will get harmed but the people you love and care about as well. Women do this for good reasons and should not be questioned for the choices they voluntarily make for their loved ones. However, it is important to highlight the downsides of doing so.

This practice results in women who do not know their real worth or are confused of who their true selves are. This significantly hampers their road to transformation and wards off all positivity from their lives. Learning certain advanced life skills can help women get out of the rut and find a way to understand their inner true self. This is not an easy task and can be quite challenging but it’s certainly worth taking. Making choices for the betterment of your life and those around you will have significant challenges and the only way you can brave them is by knowing who your true self is.

Life is too short for experimenting on what works for you and what doesn’t. The sooner you find out what your purpose is and equip yourself with the essential life skills, the better you will be at navigating the roads of life. It is important to have a plan, an approach that you can follow and learn life skills that you know will help you achieve your goals. If you are well prepared, there is nothing that life throws at you that you cannot handle. Tension and frustration will be replaced by positivity and determination to brave life.

Regardless of what change it is that you want to make in your life, the only person who can help you is you. Genuine personal transformation starts from within. Once you have figured out who you are from within, only then will you be able to be the best version of yourself. It is crucial that women learn to love themselves first in order to be able to love those around them without losing herself.

Join one of Swan Transformation’s Transformational Retreats and discover your true potential. Our team of experienced staff and helpful advisers will guide you in discovering your inner self and the person that you can be if you let go of all the pressure and anxiety of life.


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