Learn to say NO
without burning bridges
Part of having a meaningful life is saying no to activities that aren't really worth it to you.
I know that can feel awkward. Let me help!
Boundaries are important.
When we say yes too much, we don't have time to take care of ourselves.
When we say yes to activities we don't want to do and don't take care of ourselves, we erode self-trust.
When we erode self-trust and don't take care of ourselves, we have regrets and end up sick and tired.
That feels bad.
Learn to say no for your own good!
Saying no can feel uncomfortable.
Depending on who is asking, and what the situation is, saying no can feel mildly awkward to downright terrifying. It doesn't have to be that way. When you know what you really want and need, and plan how to communicate in a productive way, saying no can actually make a relationship stronger in the long run.
Diplomacy reaps benefits.
Being kind, respectful and (mostly) honest is key. Learning communication strategies that at worst let the other person down easy, and at best strengthen your bond is entirely possible. You truly don't have to burn bridges when saying no.
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