Practice saying "I'll get back to you": Shouldering excess responsibility is a huge source of stress for women. One way to lighten that load is to avoid getting roped into chairing an extra committee or chaperoning on more field trip because you couldn’t think of a plausible excuse. Simply saying “I’ll get back to you” gives you time to think about whether your can—or even wan to—take on a commitment, and to come up with a good excuse if you don’t.
Fit in some fun: Actually penciling in this time on your agenda o calendar helps ensure you’ll take that break from obligations to recharge. (Need inspiration? January is National Hobby Month. What new pastime would you like to try?)
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