jump right in.
Think of a time when you said no to everything. It could be how you feel presently or at some point in the past. You feel so busy or maybe you've just become closed off to the world without even realizing it? It's interesting when you find yourself in the reverse situation where you're more open toward new experiences, people and circumstances. Eventually, you start doing more and more things (remember Yes Man?). Then, you realize that new opportunities keep coming around. With each one, you're broadening your horizon, honing skills and stretching yourself.
I've noticed this happening a bit for me lately, not just in my personal life but at work, too. It's not an exhausting thing. It's actually fueling. And each time a new opportunity presents itself, I get excited to take it on. That's generally followed by a bit of stress and research--depending on what it entails--but, in the end, I feel a sense of accomplishment. I've learned something new and am able to take on even more in the future.
It's not just about being more open to opportunities at work or doing more for/with people in your life--you need to do more for yourself, too. The whole purpose of letting yourself try new things and be open to what life brings isn't to pack your schedule or overwhelm you. It's about growing. And you need to do certain things for yourself to grow..
If unwinding to a good book each night relieves stress, make it a priority. If meditating, yoga or writing in a journal clears your head in the morning, then by all means make time for it. Would a night with friends once a month give you the camaraderie you need? Even taking a short walk around your neighborhood could give you just the right amount of space.
Small indulgences don't have to take a long time. Fit them in where you can--no need to set a routine unless that works well for you. A 15-minute break in the middle of the day can be the perfect time to take a walk, listen to music, practice deep breathing, sketch, jot down a few ideas or call a friend.
It's these small things that will give you a pep in your step and a smile on your face, instead of feeling defeated from constantly denying yourself the things you need. So jump right in. Be open to new and different things for yourself and others. You'll be healthier as a result. :)