Self-care is a buzzword that has been gaining a lot of traction. Our fast-paced and increasingly demanding world often takes a toll on our physical and mental health if we don’t take time for our personal self-care.
One of the most important – and often overlooked – aspects of self-care is learning to say no. We often feel like we have to say yes to everything and everyone, even when we don’t want to. This can lead to feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and burnt out.
The power of saying no is something we often overlook or don’t fully understand. Friends, family and co-workers often pressure us to say yes to their requests. We find ourselves acquiescing, when we really want to say no. This can be because of societal expectations, the need to please others, or the fear of missing out on potential opportunities. It’s easy to feel guilty and say yes, because we feel like saying no is wrong.
Saying no can be a liberating and empowering experience. It gives you the freedom to choose your own path and tailor it to your goals and interests. In addition, it can give you more time to focus on what brings you joy.
If you say no to an experience due to prior commitments or because it doesn’t mesh with your values, you are expressing a valid reason. Saying no, also shows that you are comfortable with setting boundaries, which is part of taking care of yourself.
The ability to say no gives you the opportunity to say yes to the things that matter. It allows you to spend time with the people and things you love, and gives you the chance to nurture and nourish your soul.
Here are three simple steps that can change your life:
I'd love to hear from you. Please let me know the one thing you're saying no to this month and the new yes - and I'm curious, did saying No open the door to saying Yes to something you love or enhances your life?
One of my BIG self-care items this year was to publish my book, something that has been a buck-list item since I was a little girl. And It's happening! My novel, "UnMasked" will be released on June 13, 2023 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon at: https://a.co/d/fCkRf8z
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