5 Things You Shouldn’t Have to Apologize For

How many of us say “I’m sorry” at least once a day? I’m one of those who say profusely — even when it doesn’t call for an apology.

One of the things that I am trying to work on? Trying to stop saying I’m sorry so much. Here’s a few instances when you don’t need to apologize.

1. For taking care of yourself (physically and mentally). You don’t need to apologize when you’re practicing self care. After all, self care is a crucial part of taking care of you and making sure that you are centered. So, it’s okay to say no to something so you can relax. And, it’s okay to take a break so you can eat lunch. #SelfCareIsNotSelfish

2. For something that is not your fault. Ever have someone in the office tell you a sad story and you catch yourself saying “I’m sorry?” Yeah, it’s not your fault. Swap it out for “I’m sorry to hear that it happened.”

3. For your feelings. If you feel a certain way, you shouldn’t have to feel guilty about it. So, own your feelings. You have a right to feel them, after all. And, you also have a right to tell people how you feel as well. So, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

4. For grieving. Grief is something that happens to all of us one time or another. It is consuming and isolating. And, it’s something that no one should have to apologize or feel guilty for.

5. For doing your best. At the end of the day, there is only so much you can do — and you shouldn’t feel like it’s not enough. No matter what, if you gave 100 percent to everything, than that’s all that matters.