6 signs you need to say NO from time to time
Saying “no” to a request is understandably difficult. We either want to help, want to be liked, want to accommodate a friend’s request, or we fear we may upset someone we care about. That’s why we’re naturally inclined to say yes when it comes to people we care about or things we are truly interested in.
But if your schedule is already filled with work, obligations, chores, deadlines, and community events, you may be doing more harm to yourself the more you say yes to requests. If you are overstretched with different demands, you may start feeling exhausted and overly tired. Even worse, you won’t be able to perform your best at everything.
Needless to say, being helpful and willing is generally a good thing. We may feel more satisfied with ourselves and create stronger relations with others, but this shouldn’t come at the cost of our own well-being. How do we know when to say no then?
These 6 signs may tell us that we need to start saying “no” more often:
You feel exhausted, overworked or burnt out.
You lack time, energy or money for things that matter the most.
Your quality of work is starting to deteriorate.
You regularly feel angry or resentful.
Your health (physical or emotional) is starting to suffer.
When you are starting to feel overcommitted, sometimes you need to take a step back and say no from time to time. You will feel less stressed and start to feel you are taking back control of your life.
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