Woman on phone and computer holding childWomen are our grandmothers, mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, aunts, and our cherished friends. Can you imagine a world without women? Women are the creators of life. They are the nurturers. They are the ones who nourish and the ones who instinctively think of others before themselves. Women make sure that we are loved. Women can often be found working behind the scenes, laying a foundation and supporting others, while seldom taking credit for what they do.

Today’s woman has a lot on her plate. She wears many hats. She is the wife, the mother, the boss, and the employee. The pressures of society, family, media, religion, and of work require them to be superhuman beings. They need to be smart, think fast, make money and stay beautiful. If they are single, they strive to find a good partner. If they are married, they are expected to keep their husbands happy and loyal. If they have children, they need to take care of them. Even if she has a job, the woman still takes care of the bulk of the household chores and duties, and in many situations she cares for elderly relatives or parents.

Fulfilling these expectations leave little time for women to tend to their own needs. Women’s ailments – cancers of the breast and uterus, fibroids, strokes, high blood pressure and heart attacks – are increasing. The numbers are unsettling and women are experiencing these ailments at much younger ages as well. Many women suffer with fibromyalgia - an ailment in which the body aches all over. These are the very disturbing results of the pressures and imbalances a woman faces today.

Women still do not get paid the same as men for possessing the same, or better, qualifications and for doing the same work. They are expected to, and need to work harder to earn less. If women have children, or want to have children, they are often passed up for promotions or raises due to concerns that they cannot live up to their job expectations because their family takes priority. It is expected that a woman will tend to her family, giving the man more leeway in the workplace. Today, women do have more presence in the workplace, but to be equal to men, I think there is still quite a ways to go.

Aside from social circumstances, there are also environmental circumstances or feng shui that can create imbalances for women. Imbalance can work two ways: 1) it can make the woman very strong and the man weak so that the woman carries a lot of the responsibility, pressures, and burdens; 2) it can make the man very strong in the family so that the woman tends to be subservient or weak and not able to do well.

Either type of imbalance causes problems in the family. An awareness of imbalance and making sure our sisters, mothers, and women friends have this awareness, allows us to adjust these imbalances and create more harmony. Part two of this article reveals 10 important balancing tips for women to increase their happiness and productivity in life.