One of the main reasons we are stressed is because many of us are extremely hard on ourselves. We don’t give ourselves any slack. We think not only can we have it all, we should have it all and do it all perfectly.
The other weekend when I participated in community impact day with my family it was also an end of the year picnic with my son’s robotics team. We were to bring something to eat. So we finished with the yard work five minutes early, ran over to the grocery store and bought some already made potato salad. I knew my limits.
Too many of us want to pretend we have no limits and don’t pay attention when we are reaching ours. When you start to feel stressed, frustrated or tired today try checking in with yourself. What thought or task can you let go of? What standard can you ease up on? Who can you ask for help with this? Do you need a break?
Someone once told me:
“Ease up, the only one keeping score, is you”
This is so relevant…and huge in really getting and having a life!
You bought potato salad to take somehwere! Two weeks ago I bought potato salad AND macaroni salad. When I told my husband I needed to go to the store and what I was buying – he freaked. And I of course took it the wrong way. In his own silly way he was trying to give me a compliment, because in 22 years of marriage I have never bought food to take anywhere to share for any reason. And he feels there are time when it is necessary to do just that. But I had made other food and two desserts in addition to working and I finally acknowledged my limits and bought what I did not have the time, energy or ENTHUSIASM to make.
My problem with this is when you try and pass something you bought as something you made. I actually heard about a woman who would take her own dishes to a bakery and have them bake pies and cakes in them. That is pretentious and very dishonest.