I’m sorry if some entries don’t seem joyful, but I’m learning that setting boundaries and saying “no” is just as important as gratitude. Setting boundaries is part of self-care and taking care of yourself increases your joy. I’ve always struggled with this and I’m slowly learning to say “no” to things I don’t want in my life and setting those boundaries. I’m getting better and I’m learning that when Jessica cares for herself, Jessica can care for others too. If Jessica is empty, she can’t be of help to others. Jessica is also miserable and a joyful Jessica is a kinder Jessica.
I started this project for mental health reasons and I believe talking with a professional when it is needed is something which someone shouldn’t be ashamed of. Next week is my last appointment with Mitch, I’m going to miss him and I’m thinking of creating a special scrapbook page for my Happiness Box documenting my progress and growth.
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Hi, Jessica Marie!
You raised an important topic. Setting boundaries is indeed important. If you don’t learn to set and consistently enforce boundaries and learn to say “no” when your inner voice tells you to, people will take advantage of you. That’s how it is for everybody. Self care is also a very important principle. You must take care of yourself first, stay physically and emotionally healthy, to be of service to others. At the conclusion of your last appointment with Mitch, I am sure he will provide you with additional tools including a list of other sources to receive help and guidance as your journey continues.
I wish you a safe and happy weekend, dear friend JM!