According to the U.S Bureau of Labour Statistics (2015),
“57 percent of women participated in the labour force. Of those 57 percent of women, 69.9 percent were also mothers. Since 1975, the rate of working mothers has risen from 47.4 percent to 70.3 percent, which implies that women continue to need employment just as much as their occupation needs them.”
Now, it’s obvious that the need to work does not exclude the woman from her traditional roles of homemaking and raising children. As soon as she’s done with her paid job, she comes home and continues working; only it’s a different kind of task this time. This might likely go on until bed time, and the following day, the same routine continues. Consequently, a lot of working mothers are overworked. They get so worn-out and burned out that they find it difficult to give their best at the workplace and at home. They doze off during church services, get irritable, become tardy and are quick to lash out. But What’s the major contributing factor of these behaviours?
A research conducted on British civil servants some time ago shows that:
“Overwork may hasten the aging-related decline in memory and thinking skills.”
When there’s decline in memory and thinking skills, you might start
“asking the same questions repeatedly; forgetting common words when speaking; mixing words up – saying ‘bed’ instead of ‘table,’, for example; taking longer to complete familiar tasks; misplacing items in inappropriate places, such as putting a wallet in a kitchen drawer; getting lost while waking or driving around a familiar neighbourhood; undergoing sudden changes in mood or behaviour for no apparent reason; and becoming less able to follow directions.”
Overworking can also result in stress-related ailments such as depression, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, asthma, and heart diseases. Heart diseases have been identified as the leading cause of death among women, but studies have shown that heart diseases can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. Overwork is not healthy for anyone, especially if it interferes with your sleep and appetite.
Aside from overwork, women are prone to worry. They are anxious about almost everything – their children, the future, the family finances, their jobs and relationships. This is unhealthy! Some believe they have some sort of control over a situation by worrying about it, but what they don’t know is that they are making themselves vulnerable to all sorts of illness.
Consequences of Worry
- Worry has been known to Induce and increase heart diseases, digestive track ulcers, high blood pressure, depression and insomnia.
- It even causes rheumatism in old age.
- Worry steals your joy, disturbs your peace and gnaws at you until it destroys your life.
- It robs you of your conviction (faith) and focus. When you’re worried, you can’t concentrate on what you’re doing. You’ll be distracted because your mind keeps wondering about something else.
- Worry leads to depression and despair and these two are considered as mental illnesses, which affect the chemistry of the brain.
- Worry brings tormenting fear. A dictionary defines worry thus:
“to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts.”
Whenever you’re worried about something or someone, you’re tormenting yourself and creating room for the devil to have a foothold on your life.
- Painful imagination and negative thinking are always present in the worried mind and they produce negative and wrong thinking.
- Worry saps you of the energy or strength to accomplish a task or carry out a responsibility and inhibits your progress or success in life. In other words, worry can destroy your life, if it becomes a habit.
But you don’t need to throw away your life because of events that may not occur or problems you don’t have a ready solution for. Worry blindfolds you or distort your vision so that you think of possible solutions to your problems even when the solutions are at your fingertips. Don’t also overwork yourself. Stop trying to be a “supermom.” Shed some work if your workload is much, and get enough rest.