Self-Care Saturday: Say No

Go on, I dare you.

Life is full of obligations. We have to go to work. We have to look after our children. We have to do a lot of things.

More, though, there are a lot of things that we feel like we have to do. We might wish to stay in and have a quiet evening to ourselves, but we feel as though we should really head to the work social and make an appearance.

We might feel like we have to listen to all of our friend’s problems even though we have more than enough on our own plate.

In truth, though, we don’t have to do those things. We’re not bound by law. Nobody will get hurt if we decline. Sometimes, what we really need to do more than anything isn’t to work ourselves to the bone trying to fulfil other people’s needs, but to just say no.

Your wants are important, too. There’s only so much you can give before you burnout. Don’t get to that point. Whatever it is that you really just don’t want to do today, don’t do it.

Allow yourself some time off. We all need some time off every once in a while, so why should you have to be an exception to that rule?

Am I saying you should slack? Am I saying you should give up on your goals? Of course not. What I’m saying is that there’s no shame in declining offers in order to protect your health and wellbeing.

Say no to the things in life that only bring you down. Because, after all, if it doesn’t add to your life, it doesn’t belong in your life.

I’m sorry - I haven’t been that great at sending daily emails this week. If you’re new here, read this email. It explains why I’m slacking.

In short, I’m in a pretty sticky situation at the moment and haven’t had much time to write. I guess now I’m the one making excuses, aren’t I?

Thank you for being patient with me. I’ll be back on track soon, I promise.

- Adrian

Self-Care Saturday: It’s important to work hard, but it’s also important to look after ourselves. When we’re busy, our mental and physical health are usually the first things to fall to the bottom of our priority pile. For that reason, Self-Care Saturday is all about taking the time out indulge in a little self-love - about discovering new ways to take care of ourselves, even if that means we have to take a day off.

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