“For everyone, well-being is a journey . . . the secret is committing to that journey and taking those first steps with hope and belief in yourself.”
— Deepak Chopra
Happy Monday! So last week was a really stressful week—mainly because of the stress I put on myself. I took a big step in taking care of myself last week when I decided that my well-being is more important to me than worrying about someone being mad at me or worrying about what someone else thinks.
I had been taking on a lot for work, saying yes to things I shouldn’t have said yes to because I wanted to help, and I didn’t want to let other people down. I knew they were in a bind and all hell was breaking loose. And although the scope and schedule of the project had changed many times and was beyond what I was contracted for, each time when I was asked to take on more, I said yes when I shouldn’t have. I was scared to say no. And then the damn broke . . .
I about near had a panic attack. There was no possible way I could do what I was being asked to do on top of all the other work I had already long committed to. I started panicking, ready to cancel all other plans, and work straight through Thanksgiving, which I was hosting. I’m thinking, well, I’ll have to cancel Thanksgiving, and I have to cancel my two doctor’s appointments that I made months ago. At this point, I started having chest pains and wanted to cry.
After a nice, long walk, and a fortuitously scheduled appointment with my therapist, I realized I could say no. And I realized that I was giving up my well-being for something that would be fine without me. The minute I told my client no to the extra rounds, I felt a huge relief, and I felt so much better. And it was all fine. The world didn’t end. I kept my doctor’s appointments. (Well, one of them at least.) Thanksgiving is on as planned.
I’m looking forward to a week of taking good care of myself, and having a lovely Thanksgiving with my family. Hope you are making your well-being a priority, and make it a great week.
(Image found here.)