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7 more things you really don’t have to feel guilty about

Updated on:23 March 2021, 17:10pm IST
Society has a ton of expectations, and wants everyone to follow the same tune. But guess what? You are free to make your own choices, and not feel guilty about them.
Geetika Sachdev
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Do as you please, without having feelings of guilt. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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We live in a society that “expects” us to do things a certain way. Being sacrificial and putting others’ needs before ours is glorified, and that’s exactly what creates all the problems. Ladies, never ever feel guilty for fulfilling your needs, because it’s all that matters! If you or a friend does these actions and tends to feel guilty about them, then STOP it right away. Oh, and you definitely don’t need to apologise for being there for yourself! 

So without further ado, let’s take a look at a list of actions you must never feel guilty about: 

1. Saying no to a social call

You could be the most social person, and yet want to be left alone on certain days. Now, that’s okay! There are so many times we tend to feel guilty about not being a good friend and letting others down. But hey, what’s wrong in doing something that you enjoy?

2. Giving yourself a break

We live in times when we are constantly hustling, and that means we forget to take a break. And even when they do, all they can think about is work. Because they feel they’ve committed a crime by taking leave! Again, there’s NOTHING wrong with taking a break; we all deserve down time and you shouldn’t beat yourself up for it!

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Ladies, take that break! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Leaving a job that drains you

No, we don’t mean a job that leaves you physically tired (that’s going to happen with most). But if you find yourself drained and mentally exhausted all the time, it means something isn’t right with your current job. And you’re allowed to leave it, even when the world tells you that you need to find another one, and then move on. You must live life as per your own terms; let the world say what it has to! 

4. Not checking your email

Ever since smartphones have become an inseparable part of our lives, people expect you to respond to their messages/emails within minutes! But guess what? You are not obligated to! If you check your inbox every few minutes, your stress levels are likely to touch the roof. Instead, give yourself specific times during the day and then do it! Trust us, it’s perfectly okay! 

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Do not stress yourself. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.
5. Telling people off

You don’t have to be afraid to speak your mind, especially when someone has wronged you. If you’re a people pleaser, this might be hard. But one step at a time, and you’ll eventually get into the habit of saying things that bother you. Even if your friend or colleague doesn’t understand your perspective, that’s not your problem. Yes, but make sure you aren’t rude at any point! 

6. Being single

People believe that a person can’t be single by choice; it’s because they do not have “options”. Well then, that’s not your problem. If you enjoy being single, you should not feel guilty about it. In fact, use this opportunity to know more about yourself, and do the things you like.

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Don’t feel miserable for being single. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
7. Spending money

It’s not that we’re encouraging overspending, but then it’s wrong to beat yourself up for spending money on something you like. All that matters is how happy it made me, and the reasons for it. Once again, it’s a personal choice and you don’t need to feel guilty about doing things that you like to do for yourself! 

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.