Just Say NO!

Saying no can be difficult for anyone!  Whether you have to say no to your boss, friend, parents, or significant other, it is just difficult to get out.  But here is the thing, saying this simple word can keep a healthy mind, body, and soul.

Saying no gives you a voice.  A voice that is just as important as anyone else.  Knowing when and how to say no can take some time, but remember, YOU CAN SAY IT!  I always find it difficult to say to friends, especially because of FOMO.  But when you are exhausted, sick, or just need some alone time, this can keep you healthy and happy and relieve any sort of stress that the activity may cause.  Try your best to be polite, give excuses that won’t hurt others feelings, and claim your own opinions.

Photo Courtesy of Crystal Coleman
Photo Courtesy of Crystal Coleman

As stated before, sometimes saying no can be much harder during different times.  One of these times is with a significant other, a boyfriend/girlfriend, or someone you might want to get close with.  Turning down someone that you think you might like, or that you really do love, can cause some nerves.  “What if they don’t like me anymore?”  “I don’t want them to think I am a little kid.” “They might think I am just a cool girl and will like me more.”  All of these thoughts, and more, can go through your head.  But let me be the first (or not if you’re lucky) that NO excuse is worth it when you really just want to say NO.  So say NO!  Do your best to be strong and confident in your response.  Not only will you feel better after staying true to yourself, but you might be able to weed out people who really only want that “one thing” when you might want something more.

To wrap everything up, say no when you can sense that you are too busy, already too stressed, too upset, or just too tired.  Remember, you can and have the right to say no.  Try it out, see how it goes.  Maybe your life will become a little less stressful if you are able to acknowledge and express your own limits. Taking care of yourself is the most important thing, so be sure to listen to your mind and body.  I do wish you the best of luck!

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