When was the last time you devoted time and love to yourself?

You’re so busy with your work, with your family, with your domestic commitments it can be so easy to forget that at the heart of all those things is one very important element – YOU!

If you are so busy making sure that everyone and everything is ok, who takes care of you?

Women are under pressure like never before in the modern world. We are encouraged to want to ‘have’ it all, but in reality it feels like we just ‘do’ it all.

We have to be the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect lover, keep a perfect house and devote enough time to children, partners, friends, family, work.

We have to look amazing, keep ourselves in great shape, because heaven forbid we should be too fat, but then we mustn’t be too thin either.

We must be in control of our emotions, but not too reserved.

Women are more likely to be in poverty than men. Single mothers are still stigmatised, we are judged on whether we are mothers or not.

We are more likely to suffer work based discrimination because of our gender, and experience more stress at work than men.

We feel like we have so much to prove, to ourselves and the rest of society.

These are just a few of the problems that affect women, there are so many more.

I haven’t even touched on issues of violence against women. That is too huge to deal with here, and there are many who do much better with it than I. I would love to guide you to my friend Emily Jacob, who is a fierce advocate for women who have been raped, she writes really powerfully on this subject.

Is it any wonder that stress related problems in women are on the rise?

If you are a working woman, finding time to take care of your own mental and physical health can be challenging. What’s more, we are told that putting our own needs above those of others is *selfish*. No wonder we keep pushing through until we crash.

But who takes care of the family, the home, the work when the crash happens?

Insomnia, emotional outbursts, exhaustion, irritability, lack of concentration, feeling of overwhelm and powerlessness, headaches, stomach upsets, tension in muscles. These are all signs that the body, and mind, are under too much pressure and are struggling to cope. It is vital that you take action and get things under control before you burst.

I have been there, been to that point of emotional collapse, where I was unable to cope with anything. I spend years numbing myself against these feelings, refusing to acknowledge them until I could ignore them no longer. This is when I embraced the gifts that yoga could offer, learned to breathe and let go, and untied the knots in my psyche.

I want to help you if you recognise these symptoms in yourself. You don’t NEED to feel this way. There is another way.

Download my free ebook below, and let me share with you some powerful ways you can reduce stress in your life and live more!

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Esther Nagle
Teacher, writer, speaker at Balance and Breathe
Esther is a former alcoholic, smoker and all round stressed out mess. She found the path to health, happiness, freedom and joy through Yoga. She is a passionate advocate for the power of Yoga, and time in Nature, in bringing balance to life, and giving you control over your health, happiness and wellbeing.

Esther is a powerful public speaker, writer and author. Her first book, Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, has gained many 5 star reviews and has helped many people along their recovery journey.

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