Often, many of us spend our free time committed to tasks and responsibilities that benefit others. If you can agree, why not make more time for yourself in 2020? Before saying yes to commitments or taking on new responsibilities, make time for yourself first. Start by setting time aside for yourself once a week. Whether you have a soothing spa night complete with face masks and nail manicuring, or an intense workout at the gym followed by smoothies with a friend, you’re sure to feel less overwhelmed or burnt out the next time you say yes to another commitment.
If after setting time aside for yourself you find that there isn’t much wiggle room to help your friend move or watch the neighbor’s children on date night, simply say no. Your mental health is important, while saying no can feel tough in the moment, you will likely find that it is very rewarding in the long run.