Many of us have gotten so caught up in a cycle of “doing” — working at a constantly frantic pace in everyday life – that we’ve lost our sense of self. I often ask women what they enjoy doing. Some cannot answer the question because it’s been so long since they did anything for fun. Some women tell me they don’t know what to do for fun when they have free time because they’re so unaccustomed to it. Journaling, creating self-portrait collages (cutting out words, images, and symbols from magazines that you identify with), and listening to music from your youth can help you regain a sense of self. Artistic pursuits, hobbies, and time spent communing with nature can also help. You must nurture and develop all parts of yourself. You’ve got to create a full, satisfying life outside of work to balance the demands of your everyday life.
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