It's OK to say no to self-improvement
Personal Improvement

It’s OK To Say No To Self-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.

I am the managing editor and co-owner of My goal is to motivate and inspire people to get healthy. I love to connect and make new friends online so feel free to say hi anytime.


  • Enn

    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.

  • Britt | Shed Happens (@ShedHappenscmty)

    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.

  • Jenni @ I on Image

    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!

  • Unwanted Life

    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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