We live in a culture where keeping busy is the rule, the expectation. Sleep-deprivation is considered a badge of honor. We list our activities, our occupations, our goings to and fro as some sort of resume of acceptance and worth. In addition, we use our busy-ness as an excuse in not keeping our relationships alive and well. "I haven't called e-mailed, texted because I have been so busy."
While our bodies are exhausted and we truly hate feeling that way, there is an expectation among women to stay busy. There is almost a sense of pride when we mourn our exhaustion to fellow-mothers. We feel our packed schedules validate us and indicate that we are making some great contribution to society. Sitting for a while or sleeping is for the lazy. And we wonder why heart-attacks, fatigue illnesses and such are on the rise….
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