How to Say ‘No’

Posted: March 6, 2014 by Cat Reyes in Other Thoughts
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There are two main reasons that people have trouble saying no. The first is not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings. The second is that you want to be able to help. However, there is a point in time when it is necessary to say no. That point may happen sooner rather than later and can be for a variety of reasons. Of these reasons, one is that you need to care for yourself for once; another is because you are swamped at home or at work and have very little to no ability to do what is being asked.

There are several ways available to say ‘no’ without having to explain your reasoning or feeling silly for doing so. One way is to say that you are unavailable to do what is asked. If you are busy, don’t be afraid to say so. If you have other plans, that is ok to say, too. Many people will accept these reasons and you won’t burn any bridges. Another thing you can say is that you need to take care of yourself or of something for yourself. You’d be surprised how many people will accept this one. Probably the easiest way to say ‘no’ is to just say it.

If their feelings are hurt, which is possible, remember that there are times when they won’t be able to help you. Don’t be afraid to say no. Sometimes it is important and healthy to say no. Trust me on this. You are important, too. Don’t spread yourself so thin that you ignore your own needs. Set your boundaries and stick to them. šŸ™‚


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