Learn to Say No Without Guilt.
We’ve all been there – saying YES when we know the answer should be NO. Whether it’s guilt, fear of judgement, not wanting to let other’s down, or the fear of being seen as selfish, these feelings may sound familiar? But the truth is, the only person you’re letting down in this situation is yourself.
When you say YES reluctantly, you’re not respecting your needs or protecting your energy. In the end, you’re saying No to yourself, and it often leads to feelings of resentment towards the person, situation, task, or event you agreed to.
Learning to say no without guilt is an invaluable skill in protecting your energy. It requires courage, but it’s essential to remember that saying NO is not a negative act. Instead, it’s about valuing yourself and honouring your limits. You have the right to prioritise your mental and emotional health. By setting this boundary, you can avoid overcommitting and stretching yourself thin, ultimately preserving your energy for what truly matters.
To start, try saying no in easy, low risk situations – like when you’re offered dessert and you know you’ve already eaten enough! Practice saying no assertively and without apology. Remember you are saying no to the request, not the person.
Setting boundaries and saying no can be challenging at first, but with time and practice, it becomes more comfortable and empowering. You’ll find that by protecting your energy and prioritising yourself, you’ll have more to give to the people and activities that truly align with your values and well-being.