Are there things you would love to do but just don't have the time to? Maybe you want to take up yoga or redo your bedroom, but you feel as though there aren't enough hours in the day. Dr. Robin says it's time to re-evaluate where all your time is going— chances are, you'll find that you are wasting time and energy trying to manage someone else's life. "The only life that you have any power over is your own, and we aren't doing that well managing our own lives," she says.
Instead of offering constant advice to your sister who is in a bad relationship or getting involved in a battle with your aging parents over moving into a retirement home, Dr. Robin says you should use that time to take care of yourself. "It's not your job to [manage other people's lives]. I didn't say you don't care about it … but don't spend your time, your life, trying to live the life of someone else," she says.