The teapot’s whistle signifies a warm, peaceful moment is within reach. Then, the phone rings, the doorbell sounds, a child calls, or an item on your to-do lists demands immediate attention.
When was the last time you said no to the world and yes to yourself?
Pouring into the lives of those around us is gratifying, but only when we feel personally fulfilled. When seeking acceptance, self-worth, or super-woman status, saying yes can become stressful, burdensome, and exhausting.
There are many reasons women say yes to others and no to themselves. One may be that the woman wants to avoid disappointing people. Another reason is that we care too much about what others think of us. Whatever your reasons may be, saying yes too often does little to raise your self-worth in a substantial way, and everything to run you down quickly ((http://thestressedmom.com/2012/02/you-know-you-say-yes-too-much-if/).
Just as the reasons you say yes are personal, so is the impact it has on your life. Three common results of this are:
There are physical and emotional consequences to saying yes too much. Setting an equilibrium is important to avoiding anxiety, depression, aches, and pains. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/stress_management/hic_stres…
When a busy schedule consumes your thoughts, and you begin planning each move with the attitude of “how am I ever going to do this?” you restrict the flow of positive energy and sacrifice control for mere management. http://www.healingspirit.com/journal/advice/thought/a-little-wisdom-for-…
Lifestyle for the modern woman is fast-paced. When this is the case, proper eating, exercise, and sleep may become a low priority. The very activities that produce energy seem to be the first cut when we say yes to others. http://women.webmd.com/features/why-so-tired-10-causes-fatigue
Here are some action steps to take to guard you from saying no to yourself:
Make these happenings priority. If you’ve never scheduled time for yourself before, it will be valuable to discuss your new habits with family and friends.