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Do Give Up

Lowering the bar might mean the difference between wellness and burning out.

The impact books have on our lives is not limited to the words written between the covers. Some books inspire new thoughts and send us to unexpected places. Follow me Down the Rabbit Hole in this recurring segment.

It’s been a week. A very busy week. It was back to school time for my daughter, and though I felt perfectly prepared, I was thrown a few disruptive curve balls. On top of that, summer is officially over, and all the camping gear needs a good cleaning before being put away. Autumn falls quickly in the north. The list of outdoor chores that must be completed before the first snowfall (it could happen any day!) is omnipresent in my mind, as is the sensation that I’m missing something important. Inside, the rooms have grown cluttered with clothes grown out of, toys no longer played with, and half-finished projects. There’s nothing more I want than to purge, reorganize, clean, and puppy-proof things before our new family member is picked up in a couple months.

And of course, I also had this blog post to write. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t entirely sure when I would fit it in with so many other things to do.

Glancing over my seemingly unachievable list of chores for the next several weeks, my thoughts turned to Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagoski. In the spirit of that book, I’m going to take their advice.

I unabashedly and unapologetically give up. Not completely, obviously, since you’re reading this post. But I’m going cut myself a little slack, keep it short, and forgive myself for not putting as much energy into it as I usually do.

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I feel a little lighter already.

Maybe you want to try it, too. Lowering the bar might mean the difference between wellness and burning out.

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