You've been everyone's support system for too long, that you've forgotten to take care of your needs.
You are a strong woman if you are someone that people keep coming to for help and advice, you're a source of strength for the people around you. You, woman, are strong if you are the glue that keeps everyone together. Now, sometimes, your shoulders might sag from the weight you carry around, but even if you feel tired, you'll always be willing to help others while ignoring your own needs. You continue making life easy for the people around you, while you forgo your own needs. You've learnt to completely ignore your inner voice, the one that's telling you it's time to slow down and take a break. But despite this, you push yourself to a point of exhaustion, but you still don't stop. This is why most strong women are almost always exhausted:
1. You've always got a smile on your face, even when you're feeling weak
It's quite impossible for anyone to believe you're having a bad day, because no matter what war you're raging from within, you never stop smiling and laughing, hoping it'll get better. Even when it doesn't, you'd rather suffer in silence than letting it out. You think that no one would be able to help but it's always better to share your troubles with someone than carrying them around and letting them weigh you down.
2. You have a problem asking someone else for help
When it comes to seeking help, you have the worst track record. You think that you're the only one with solutions to every problem in the world. What you fail to realize is that another perspective to your issues might help solve them, taking the weight off your back. It's okay to ask for help because it does not make you a weak person. In fact, it only makes you stronger!
3. You keep all your feelings bottled up inside
You feel like talking to someone about the problems you're going through might make them look at you differently. You know that you're the one everyone comes to and you feel like sharing your issues with the same people that came to you for help is the worst. Since you've giving not receiving, you feel proud of being able to handle your problems on your own, but sometimes, it's okay to let your guard down.
4. You make it look like helping others is easy, but it's taking a toll on you
People only see how strong and efficient you are, you never miss a deadline, you're five minutes early when you're out to meet someone, and you just have this air of perfection all around you. You make it look so easy for everyone around you, but being on top of your game all the time is taking a toll on you. It's because the perfectionist in you doesn't let you catch a break because you just have to impress people with your punctuality and your perfectionism.
5. You carry everyone else's burden along with your own
You grieve for others when they come to you with their troubles. You walk, not just one mile, but 1000 miles in their shoes to see what they're going through and that is definitely going to take a toll on you. When your friend is going through a tough time, you lend your shoulder for them to cry on. When someone calls you at 3 a.m. to vent, you sit with them till they're done. You have a hard time saying no to someone and they take advantage of you, without either of you realizing it.
6. You switch between multiple roles in a day
You have just too many shoes to fill in a day. You take on the role of a mother, a sister, a colleague, a daughter, and a friend, to name a few. Despite taking on so many roles, you try to give your best to every single person along with your undivided attention, which only robs you of your energy. After all of this, you forget to attend to yourself, and that's honestly the worst thing you could do to yourself.
7. You are your worst enemy
With everything that's happening to you, you constantly ignore your needs. Despite the complete exhaustion you push yourself to strive, and the perfectionist in you just doesn't let you take a break. You set the bar too high, especially because you always think you can do better. You also have a hard time taking compliments and credit your achievements on sheer luck when that's not the case. It's okay to cut yourself some slack and take a step back from saving the world, one person at a time.