Saying “No” is a powerful word. In many cases, it can be the difference between a satisfying life and a frustrating life. I used to be a “Yes” person all the time. Even when I didn’t want to do something, I agreed and I ended up regretting it. I was mad at myself or frustrated that I committed to something when I’d rather do something I wanted to do. This undue frustration can cause a lot of stress in our lives. This is why it’s important to know when to say no. Here is how to do that.
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When To Say No
ALWAYS USE “NO” WHEN:
You are stressed and overwhelmed. If you are already stressed, don’t add more stress. Piling on frustration is really bad for both your mental, emotional and physical health.
You are doing too much. If you are already busy, say no. Soon you will over-extend yourself and not be able to meet some of your obligations anyway.
You are tired and sick. When you aren’t feeling well, you need to say no. No, you can’t do that favor, no you can’t go to this event. Listen to your body and do what is best for it.
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YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO SAY “NO” WHEN:
It’s not your issue. Don’t get involved if it has nothing to do with you. You have the right to let the other person handle it.
If you feel taken for granted. If someone is taking advantage of you, it’s time to put your foot down and say no.
When you deserve time for yourself. Time for yourself is important. If you don’t prioritize your life-balance and self-care, then your whole life will be out of whack.
I know it’s difficult for many of you to say no. I was in your shoes. It’s especially difficult saying no to your kids, or parents, or your boss even. But you must learn to say no. Use these simple tips to at least know when to say no. It’s one of the most important and powerful things you can do to live a happier, less stressful life.