One thing that people find really hard to do is to say no. Often times, we find ourselves in awkward situations because we couldn’t say no.
You have to remember that saying no doesn’t make you a bad person. Saying no shouldn’t make you feel guilty. You can be a great person with a kind heart and still say no.
When someone asks for a favor and you know very well you cant deliver or you don’t want to do it, just go ahead and say no. Say no without having to explain yourself.
Do what makes you happy. Do what makes you feel comfortable. People-pleasing is not good for you. One important step in self-care is to stop people-pleasing.
Benefits of saying no
It will save you your freedom, time, and energy
Being a yes person and saying yes to everyone all the time means you will always have something to do for people. And that means you will always be occupied and busy.
But if you say no to people, it will save you your time and your energy.
It’s good to set boundaries
Setting boundaries is very good for your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. When you learn to say no, it sets boundaries and limit how much people interfere with your life.
It makes room for more important things
If you learn to say no to things you are not interested in, it will make room for more important things. This means that you will get time to do things that you are interested in. Things that are more important to you.
You will have time to do the things that actually matter to you and you will have even more time to rest. Whether it is picking up a new hobby, getting some yard work done, or just taking time to relax and rest.
10 nice ways to say no
When you say no, you don’t need any long explanations, don’t be rude or mean. Say no in a calm and polite tone.
Don’t say maybe when what you really want to say is no. Below are some nice ways to say no.
- Sounds nice but I am not available
- I am honoured that you asked me but I can’t do it.
- I’m sorry but I can’t help you at this time
- Unfortunately, it’s not a good time.
- I am not available at the moment, may be next time.
- Unfortunately, this is not something I can do right now.
- I really appreciate you asking me but I can’t commit to that right now.
- Sorry but I cant make it, may be another time.
- Thanks for thinking of me but I can’t.
- No, thanks.