When the economy plummeted in 2008, my husband and I did what so many other Americans did. First we panicked a little (maybe a lot), and then we rolled up our sleeves and really, really went to work. We went into hyper-survival mode, and between the two of us we took on every extra job and opportunity that came our way, all while trying to raise a one-and-three-year-old. My anxiety was high during that time, and my self-care was low.
I distinctly remember uttering this phrase to my husband one evening, “It’s literally been like 6 weeks since we’ve had a day to sleep in.”
It was exhausting.
It’s funny, we began taking on all of these extra things in our lives to survive, but the end result was that we became immune to saying no—even when the economy balanced itself out again.
It’s like once you start saying yes to too much, you automatically keep doing it. It feels reckless, but you do it anyway—let’s not fall into that trap.
Let’s learn to recognize the signals before we get resistant to saying no to things that we simply don’t have enough time or energy for. Most likely things that aren’t even meaningful to our lives.
For recognition is the first step to gain that balance we all so desire. We can then gain the confidence we need to refine and refocus our energy. Thanks for following me over!