You may wonder why I coach mainly women. (I do sometimes coach men too.) The reason is that I'm passionate about helping women be their best, yet aware that we are great at putting ourselves last.
Even though it's 2017, recent surveys showed that women still do the bulk of household chores. Recent research by the ONS showed that women put 26 hours in each week (cleaning, chores etc at home) compared to 16 hours for men. That is almost a whopping 4 hours a day, often on top of paid work outside the home.
Read about it here.
The crux of this is that women tend to have less time for themselves, but are more responsible for childcare or household chores like shopping, cleaning and cooking.
If you are a women reading this, I expect you are nodding, or even cooking dinner with your other hand.
That's fine if you are happy. But many clients come to me when they are in danger of burn-out or feel a sense of frustration with their lives.
Women tend to fit work around children, despite more flexi-working. I coach a lot of women who fall into two groups: high flyers who want to reduce the days they work when they have children. And women who want to pick up their careers when their child goes to school or university. Some have put their careers on hold for twenty years and want to start again at fifty. But they aren't sure what or how.
Others are trying to manage looking after elderly parents, teenagers and work. I'm not saying that men opt out completely, but it's never a 50:50 split.
You might find you go away for a spa day or a bit of pampering to reduce stress.
Well, I can't promise you a facial or a steam room. What I can offer you is an hour of your busy day where you can leave behind the responsibility of looking after others and focus on you.
For an hour, in your session with me, you can talk about your hopes, dreams, whatever's bugging you and work on a plan to create some positive changes. It's your 'you' time. How does that sound?
I'm Glynis, a coach for clients somewhere in midlife, helping them get the life they want. I work with them on careers, time-management, relationships and lots more. These are my musings on what life throws at people like us. You can read more about me here. Do get in touch if I can help you.