Parents rush home from work to take their kids to one activity or another, then they grab food on the run and rush off to a fitness class themselves. People do a full day of work, taking on request after request from colleagues or clients, then dash off to a social event, barely touching down at home. Weekends get packed with jobs around the home, parties or barbecues or fundraisers. We pack in as much as we can to our already busy lives. And we often only stop when we go on vacation.
Our lives get full. Really, really full. And most of the time we love doing all this stuff.
Most of the time.
Sometimes, it feels overwhelming. Sometimes, it really is ok to take a step back and say, “Enough. I cannot fit in any more.”
Saying no can be the hardest thing to do. You worry you are letting someone down. That if you don’t do it, no one else will.
But when overload is imminent, the best favour you can do yourself, and everyone else, is to take a moment. Give yourself a break. Stop trying to do too much. Restore your equilibrium.
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