As we juggle the many aspects of life, it can sometimes seem easier to just say “yes” to avoid conflict. But learning to say “no” is an act of self-care. Overextending yourself can lead to stress, anxiety and, in some cases, resentment toward the person or entity making the request. Turning down requests or additional tasks is actually an act of self-care.
Here are some tips on how to say “no” for better mental health:
Be firm and assertive.
Don’t feel compelled to say “yes” just to make others feel comfortable. Take charge.
Remember to put your needs first.
Ask yourself these questions when you’re not sure about saying “no”:
- Will saying yes prevent me from doing something else that is important to me?
- Does saying yes align with my values and goals?
- Will saying yes lead to burnout?
- Will saying yes improve my mental health?
Remember, it’s ok to create space in your life to reset and recharge