Jessica Louise Li, Raw Food Chef and Fitness Expert, Addresses the Superwoman Syndrome

Jessica Louise Li, founder of Women with Integrity, addressed the growing demands on professional women to be and do everything in both family and career. The term “Superwoman Syndrome” as coined by author Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, describes what many see as the impossible expectations placed on women.

Jessica helps women in business stay energetic, fit and confident by teaching them to become more discerning about their grocery shopping and more creative with their exercise routines.

With the rise of women starting their own businesses as well as the increase in females climbing the corporate ladder, today’s professional women are dedicating more time to their careers than ever before to remain competitive.  During her time outside of work she is making meals, taking care of her children and a husband while trying to find time for herself somewhere in the chaos.

Li believes that most women would have more energy and happiness if they simply exercise for 10 minutes a day and adjust their shopping habits.

“Women are used to putting their kids first, their partner first, their friends and parents first; everyone else comes before themselves. But how can we help others if we aren’t taken care of? We have to shift our way of thinking to ME first. Everyone else can come after.

First Lady, Michelle Obama echoes the importance of women prioritizing self-care. She says, “Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list. Exercise is really important to me–it’s therapeutic. So if I’m ever feeling tense or stressed or like I’m about to have a meltdown, I’ll put on my iPod and head to the gym.”

Organization and setting boundaries are key in managing stress levels and time demands.  Scheduling time for a massage or a walking to relax and clear your mind are simple ways to create more balance in life. Planning out personal time once a week by penciling it in your agenda or entering it into your smartphone goes a long way to ensuring it gets done.

Jessica runs her business, raises three children, and still finds the time to schedule a 45-minute massage. When it comes to boundaries, it is important for women to know when they are taking on too much.

“Knowing when to say no is a challenge for many females. We naturally want to take care of the other people in our lives first, but this can also become our downfall because it quickly turns into overwhelm and the one that suffers most is us.”

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