Saying “No”

Do you struggle saying no?  Are you afraid to hurt people’s feelings but feel like you give away too much of yourself and it often leads to burnout?

Life is too short to feel burnt out, folks.  You need to take care of you.  From work commitments to the kids sports or after school programs, sometimes there isn’t enough time in the day.  When it comes to volunteering or socializing, your time is PRECIOUS and it is TOTALLY OK  to NOT DO IT ALL.

One of the tricks to saying no is not giving more information than necessary.  Simply saying, “I’m sorry, I can’t make it” should suffice.  It gets tricky when the person you are replying negatively to responds with a “Why not?”  or “Can’t you come for a little bit…”  I think people should respect each other enough to allow “no” to be OK.

Its important to set boundaries for happiness sake.  If we go go go 24/7/365 there is no rest, recovery, or comfort in our minds.  Setting aside time to just relax is vital and if we can’t say no, or if we don’t accept it when it’s said to us, we aren’t being fair.

What do you think?  Is no the most often or least often used word?

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