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On International Women’s Day, free me from ‘should’

In March 2016 on March 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm

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Sarah: ‘Should’. What a terrible word, huh.

You should be eating more greens.

You should get more sleep.

You should exercise more.

All these ‘shoulds’ haunt me! And maybe you as well. Many of us aim to live a life shaped by evidence and best practise.

Research tells us that a healthy body needs regular exercise, plenty of vegetables and fruit, minimal processed carbohydrates and 8 hours sleep a night.

Psychological and pedagogical studies report on best approaches for guiding literacy, optimal amounts of exercise and screen time for children, improving resilience, and managing homework and chores.

Mental health resources compile evidence on juggling the demands of family, work and other commitments, and the need for downtime.

All up, sometimes life feels like a constant battle between all the shoulds.

It would actually be a hell of a lot easier to eat fish and chips every night. To have the TV on from sun-up ’til sun-down. To dump gym memberships and early morning sports practises. To let the kids order their lunch every day.

We all know that’s not ideal. But for goodness sake, let’s also feel OK about offloading a few ‘shoulds’ every now and again.

So today is International Woman’s Day. To celebrate, I’m having a break from a few ‘shoulds’.

You should too.

[image thanks to https://www.flickr.com/photos/sookie/]

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  1. Great point! I’ve been trying to lose weight lately and for some reason today I wanted to have a beer and eat some wings!! I figured, why not! I didn’t even feel guilty afterward. I “should” have come home and made chicken and veggies but I’m pretty pleased with my decision. Happy International Woman’s Day!

    • No regrets! Thanks for the comment Caitlin, and Happy International Women’s Day to you too.

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