We have been on a whirlwind journey for the past 2 years and we continue to spin, sometimes out of control it seems. So, when I read an article written by an emergency room physician, it made me pause. Yes, even physicians who are seemingly untethered, paying close attention for keywords in your conversation, and fixing the broken, must learn to say no. Honestly, I’m thankful I don’t have a position with that much responsibility, especially during the pandemic, but just like you–we have a lot on our plates!
The article basically said it is okay to say “no”, in a time when “yes” seemed to be the only answer due to staffing and supply shortages, illness at work and at home, schools closed and cooking every day. Rosie the Riveter, right? Well, today is a new day, now it is time to take care of you, the caregiver, the parent, the co-worker, and the fighter! It is time to take charge of YOUR life, trust me, your 8-year-old will do just fine making a peanut butter sandwich without your help! That will free you up to take a real shower, talk to your BFF on the phone, jump on the treadmill, read a book, enjoy a good glass of wine without interruption, or simply do nothing! It is OK!!!
Bottom line, learn to say “yes” to you instead of everyone else. In January 2022, Robin Arzon, VP of Fitness and an instructor for Peloton wrote a book titled Strong Mama. Her notable comment “you must fill your own cup before you can fill others” pretty much says it all. To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world” (Dr. Seuss). Remember “you”; don’t lose “you”, it is easy to do when caring for everyone else! Stay the course, stay informed, and stay well!