Others treat us the way we invite them to treat us…
Coping with stress is a lot more difficult than preventing it in the first place. If we think prevention, we can avoid a surprising number of stressful situations by thinking ahead and side-stepping.
We don’t have to have lunch with difficult or complaining co-workers. We can take a walk at lunchtime or catch up on some reading.
We can limit our availability to other family members by telling them we’re off duty after 8:00 P.M. If we stick to it, others will learn not to ask for late night help with homework or for a shirt to be ironed.
We deserve our own quiet time to build up our reserves and fend off stress. Giving all our time away is foolish — not virtuous. We can only expect others to respect our limitations if we are clear about our boundaries.
To stay healthy, we need to avoid, or at least limit, involvement in all unnecessary aggravations.
I will demand the time I need each day for myself.
Taken from: Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty