I started this post on the Spark 'Fitness and Exercise' forum, where someone asked a great and honest question about how to make yourself a priority more often.
What I wrote on the forum was that one way to make yourself a priority for yourself is to get comfortable with telling other people "NO" more often.
Not trying to be mean; just being honest, and trying to be more fair - to ourselves!
Often (daily?), this is a women's issue. Most of us already are over-commited. So we have to find - or create - ways to open up a bit more time for OUR needs and interests. Not just "some of the time," but regularly. Some things we need daily, some weekly, other things monthly, seasonally, or yearly, and so on. Even if it's only for 10-15 minutes. But sometimes this needs to be 10 or 15 days, and some things 10 or 15 months!! LOL!
A lot of us have no problem saying "NO," but only to ourselves. As women, many of us do this far too often. That doesn't seem very balanced. Self-denial has its limits, and we can learn to say "no" to others with love and respect for them and for ourselves.
When we don't say "no" enough, sometimes the spirit, mind or body will do it for us! And, sometimes, with little or no warning! Usually we call this a crisis.
I learned there are 1440 minutes in a 24-hour day. Let's invest more of those in ourselves, and keep and use, for us, a bit of the 'money' in our daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal, and yearly time banks.
My two cents!