A recent study showed that, to an extent, people are less stressed when they pay others to do services they don’t want to do. Yet many of those same people, despite the perceived improvement in life satisfaction, don’t always pay for those services. Why? Because they don’t believe that’s what they “should’ be doing.
We ‘should’ be able to handle more, right? We ‘should’ be able to cook a hot meal every night instead of eating out. We ‘should’ be cleaning our own house. We ‘should’ be doing our own laundry. Our parents and grandparents did it, so why can’t we?
We can’t, because a 40 hour work week is no longer 40 hours. We can’t, because we don’t live in a time where aunts, uncles, neighbors, are there to help us every step of the way. We can’t, because we’re different. Times are different. And the only things we ‘should’ do are those that make us happier, healthier, and at peace with our lives.
WEEKLY WELLNESS TIP: This week, think about things you do because you ‘should’, despite them not always supporting your wellness.