Whether it's decisions about sending our children back to school in the midst of a pandemic, the upcoming election, our relationships, trying to work from home with kids, dealing with family through the holidays, we harbor and struggle with a range of emotions, particularly guilt. Author, life coach, and speaker Valorie Burton seeks to empower readers to embrace life and stop beating yourself up in her new book Let Go of the Guilt (Thomas Nelson | September 1st, 2020 | 9780785220213).
Whether it's going back to work after having a baby, skipping out on dinner with friends because you have a meeting in the morning, ending a relationship, your children struggling through school, guilt can be a constant companion, particularly as women, we have perfected the art of false guilt. That is, feeling guilty when we haven't really done anything wrong.
Mention the word guilt to any woman, and you'll likely get a heavy sigh. Even women who feel fulfilled often struggle to make peace with the demands of modern life. Women often feel no matter what they do, it's simply not enough.
"I believe guilt is epidemic among today's women, who are burdened with more expectations than any generation has ever had, brought on by the greatest breakthrough of opportunities any generation has ever experienced," said Burton, founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute.
As both working and stay-at-home moms can attest, the expectations of women have risen dramatically in recent decades. Research also shows that single women with no children feel guilty about working after hours while their male counterparts do not relate at all to such feelings.
As a result, many women overcompensate and over apologize while the guilt dampens the joy of motherhood, other relationships, and professional accomplishments.
Let Go of the Guilt will help women peel back the layers of emotions and cultural and spiritual expectations that make it difficult for them to navigate the complexities of having multiple roles, dreams, and demands in life and gives practical advice to help shed the guilt and step into a life full of joy and contentment.
"Taking steps to free yourself from excessive guilt is really about freeing yourself to live," says Burton.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Valorie Burton helps readers find joy and resilience while navigating the challenges of modern life. She is founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and has written more than a dozen books on personal development. Her unique combination of research, faith, and personal transparency inspires action and delivers practical tools to find fulfillment and purpose in work and life. ValorieBurton.com