Respect (love) yourself enough to say “no” If you are not in a place to do things for others out of love. It’s OK to say “no” while you recharge, but make sure you are respecting (loving) others enough to also say “yes” in their time of need. It’s tricky learning to balance these two seemingly disparate thoughts, but they’re not really different at all. To give respect/love, you must have it first for yourself. In that way you know respect and love. It is only then you can give it to others.
Saying no and yes at the appropriate time allows us to replenish the well (i.e. moderate our energy output) because if we let the well run dry, everybody ends up thirsty.