It’s OK To Say No To Self-Improvement

Personal Improvement

Like many people I have been binging on social media to stay connected. One thing I’m noticing is that my feeds are full of what I like to call self improvement porn. Almost every day some new exercise or self-learning app announces they are free. The pressure is really on to use this time productively to improve ourselves.

It occurred to me that hyper focusing on self-improvement might not be the right message right now. At least not for everyone. So let me say this right out. It’s OK to just be you right now.

We are in the middle of a crazy worldwide pandemic. Most of us are shut in our homes most of the time. Everyone is scared and many people are dying. Our schedules and routines are ruined. Our normal support structures are all messed up. We can’t even get enough toilet paper.

So if you’re having a hard time trying to lose weight, learn a new language, focus on school, or work or whatever that’s understandable. Give yourself a break. You were already good enough before this started. This isn’t going to last forever and there will be time to focus on that stuff later.

I’ll leave you with this. Take care of yourself and those around you. If you are struggling reach out. We are all distancing ourselves but we don’t have to go through this alone.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Mark Manson (Author) - Roger Wayne (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 09/13/2016 (Publication Date) - HarperAudio (Publisher)

4 Comments

  • This. All this. My feeds are FULL of this and it was sort of making me feel like I should be doing more or something. Thank you for this.

  • Yes! Thank you for saying it! Everywhere we turn there are messages telling us that we should be taking this time to take courses, improve ourselves, get in shape, learn to cook better, etc – but we’re living in unprecedented times and it’s a struggle for most of us. If all you did today was get up and deal with your anxiety by digging into a marathon of your favourite show on Netflix, then that’s okay! We need to make our mental and emotional well-being a priority, and everything else falls in line after that.

  • This is really good advice! Many people experience stress for not being able to do magical things right now. I addressed the topic in my previous newsletter and got so much good feedback. Maybe I should put that content in my blog too. Thank you for sharing!

  • You certainly can say no to self improvement, I had to give up on going keto because I couldn’t find any food in switch to remain keto. My focus had to be just making sure I could eat

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