Feel Free To Be Bad

Feel Free To Be Bad

How often do you find yourself in people-pleasing mode, or serving others even at the detriment of yourself?  Many of us tend to go above and beyond for our family, friends, and work, even though it may not be the best thing for our health and well-being.

Your assignment this week is to think about ways to be bad.  I’m not talking about robbing a bank or doing anything unethical, but doing something you may view as “bad.”  Let me give you an example. . . you’re trying to finish up a project before the end of the business day.  Your phone rings and caller ID shows it’s your dear friend calling.  The two of you haven’t talked in a while, but you know if you pick up the phone it’ll be a long conversation.  Your project needs to wrap in 20 minutes and you make the decision to let your call go to voice mail to avoid the disruption and complete the project.  You decide to call your friend back when you have time to focus on the call and truly catch up.  Could this be viewed as bad? Of course! In the past, most of us would have just picked up, whether it served either us well or not, and cause undue stress because we should have focused that time on a different priority.

What does being bad mean to you and what can you do this week to provide calm in your life?

Here are some ideas:

  • Find time to connect with others and laugh your heart away
  • Have scheduled times that you take phone calls during the work day
  • Schedule designated times to follow up on email
  • Have a backwards day and enjoy pancakes for dinner
  • Turn your computer/phone off in the evening and dedicate your time to yourself and your loved ones
  • Skip the gym one day to give your body the rest it needs
  • Indulge in a piece of dark chocolate
  • Leave the load of laundry and head out for some fresh air

Everyone needs to assess their own needs; these acts of “being bad” are meant to help you slow down, focus on the life events most important to you, and create a state of health, calm and well-being for the long haul.

Challenge yourself and share what you’ve accomplished with your friends and family…you can inspire them to do the same!

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