Holidays are such a wonderful time to gather and share love with our dear ones. It’s all about giving in so many forms, be it in the form of gifts, our time & energy, resources, love and so much more. But holidays aside, while it’s a wonderful thing to give to others, recently I’ve been reminded about how sometimes we might unwittingly overdo it.
Have you ever felt a bit taken for granted, maybe even a bit resentful when your kindness doesn’t seem to be appreciated as it should be? Or have you ever found yourself being the one who takes responsibility for holding a relationship together, or perhaps not felt entirely comfortable receiving from others?
It’s something many of us go through, often without realizing that we might be over-giving, while perhaps simultaneously under-receiving.
It’s so important to remember that while it’s great to give, we also have to be careful not to lose ourselves in the process. Setting boundaries with our giving is not just okay; it’s also necessary for our mental health and well-being.
And hey, if accepting help or receiving from others makes you feel uncomfortable, remember that others deserve to feel that good feeling of giving too. When we don’t allow others to give, we take that experience of giving away from them. Receiving is also a way of acknowledging our worth. And believe me, you are so incredibly worthy of all the love and care in the world!
So here’s to a year where we continue to share our beautiful selves with others, but also take the time to nourish and respect our needs and boundaries…and love ourselves MORE.
With lots of love,