Space, time for self important

Harcourts Women’s 5km walk/run takes place on Sunday March 2. The aim? To not only raise the profile of breast cancer and raise much needed funds for the Tasmanian Cancer Council but for women to have fun and be active.

FINDING time for yourself is important, says a Relationships Australia youth worker.

Relationships Australia early intervention officer Flora Dean said isolation can be an issue for older women, some single women and stay-at-home mothers.

She said women in caring roles, trying to balance work/family responsibilities and young women starting careers often found themselves in emotionally vulnerable positions.

``Finding time for yourself is really important,'' the Launceston-based woman said.

``(For example) taking a walk, jogging, exercise;  spending time with loved ones, reading a book, meditation, taking a bath.  Involvement in a club, sport or hobby; gardening, sewing, crafts. Share the workload.''

Ms Dean said exercise and involvement in a club was a good way to create time for self.

She said reading a book, meditation and talking to a trusted friend or family member was a good way to deal with feeling overwhelmed.

Services include Lifeline and Relationships Australia.

``Be kind to yourself,'' Ms Dean said.

``Women have a lot to give -  give it intentionally, thoughtfully and to the people who matter, find a balance and make some time for yourself, set your own goals.''

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