When you take responsibility for everyone and everything, wittingly or unwittingly, you throw yourself into a cycle of anxiety, stress, and sometimes depression as well. You feel it’s your fault when other people feel bad? You feel you’re responsible for your parents’ marital conflicts? You feel to blame if your child goes off in a bad way? You feel ashamed or fearful when you make a mistake? You feel mortified when something goes wrong at work, even when it’s a team effort? You feel like you’re going to have a nervous breakdown when you hear about turbulent world events?
You are not to blame for everything, but you are responsible for yourself. What do you have control over?
Although sometimes, it may not feel this way. You may often act out of habit and long-standing emotional patterns. But if you decide to take full responsibility for yourself, you can learn to step back from these patterns and make happier and healthier choices not only for yourself but for others as well. Let’s change the way we live – start from now.