Have you ever felt like you're pushed to your limits? Maybe you're feeling that way right now. It's important to think about who or what is causing this feeling. Sometimes, the people around us or the responsibilities we've taken on push us to this edge. When we're on the verge of a nervous breakdown, it's a sign that something needs to change.
These moments when we're on the edge, are like signals from life telling us that we need a break from whatever is constantly pushing us. It could be our friends, family, or the demands of our jobs. If we keep letting them make unending demands on us, it can wear us down. Sometimes, people are so focused on their needs that they don't even think about ours.
But it's crucial to understand that we must take care of ourselves too. In the past, I used to be one of those people who thought my needs didn't matter. I believed that I should always put others first. But when we keep doing that, our health and well-being suffer. We have to put ourselves first sometimes so we are capable of helping others.
So, the next time you feel like you're pushed to the edge, step back and take a good look at your situation. Think about what needs to change to prioritize your well-being. It's not selfish; it's necessary for your health and ability to support others in the long run.
I have a simple philosophy. Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. And scratch where it itches.” — Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Often, we find ourselves overwhelmed with commitments, requests, and activities that don't align with our values. To simplify and create more time for what truly matters, you must be willing to say "no" selectively.
Simplifying our lives can create much-needed time and space. I quit all the unnecessary hours spent in the gym, beauty products I bought and never finished, beauty treatments I didn't need, and I dissolved time wasting friendships draining my energy and focus. The result? I feel happier, more relaxed, and more joyful with far less than more.
“Nature is pleased with simplicity.” — Isaac Newton
Consider some of these tips to support you back from the edge.
- Set Boundaries: Learn to say no to excessive demands from others when you're already feeling overwhelmed. Setting clear boundaries with people, whether it's in your personal or professional life, helps create space for your own needs.
- Share Responsibilities: You don't have to do everything. Delegate tasks at work or home and share responsibilities with family members or colleagues.
- Evaluate Priorities: Take a step back and assess what truly matters to you. Sometimes, we get caught up in activities that don't align with our values or well-being. By reevaluating priorities, you can eliminate or minimize tasks that drain your energy without providing much value.
- Prioritize Self-Care: Recognize that self-care is not selfish; it's essential. Dedicate time each day or week to activities that rejuvenate your well-being.
- Schedule "Me Time": Just as you schedule appointments, book time for yourself. Treat it with the same importance as any other commitment.
- Communication: Talk openly with those around you about the need for personal time. Communicating your needs can help others support your efforts to find more time for yourself.
- Reflect and Evaluate: Regularly review your commitments and activities. If you notice something consistently drains your time without providing value, consider eliminating it.
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