“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” This phrase could also say, “All work and no play makes Jack more vulnerable to unwanted emotions.” Finding a balance in what we do each day and each week is important.
We can put a toll on ourselves emotionally if we put too much on our to-do lists and only tend to responsibilities. We can become depleted of the pleasures life has to offer which make us more vulnerable to unwanted emotions, like sadness and anger. To too in reverse can happen if we only do things we enjoy and ignore the responsibilities we need to tend to. Unwanted emotions can arise then as well, such as guilt, shame, and anxiousness. So be mindful each day in regard toward the balance of activities on your agenda. Accumulate at least one positive event each day and also tend to your responsibilities to achieve your longer-term goals too.