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Just Say “No”: Responsibility of Self-Care (GW)

Here are some tips on learning to say, “no.”

Practice in the mirror. Use direct eye contact. Practice. See, the world did not crumble. You did not break down in tears. Neither will anyone else. The more you practice, the easier it will be in real life encounters.

Keep a Yes/No journal. This journal allows you to keep track of when you have said yes or no to other people’s requests and how you felt about it. It allows you to review your own feelings (read exhaustion) on meeting everyone else’s needs. Quite often it takes seeing this pattern in black and white to make changes.

Check your calendar. If you have issues jumping into ‘no’ immediately, postpone the decision. Others will respect, “I need to check my calendar.” Then check it. Fill in all your responsibilities from work to cleaning the house and making dinner. Be sure to schedule in rest time for yourself. Realize that your being well rested is as important as taking care of others. It will be easier to see the reasons for saying no.

Pre-prepare your reasons. You’ve looked at your calendar. You’ve practiced. Now put it all together. Write out your reasons, i.e. “my calendar is absolutely booked,” “I have another event/date scheduled for that day” or easier still, “I just can’t do it.” You are setting boundaries, not defaming the other person’s character. Just do it. No guilt.

In the end, you will discover stating your limits becomes easier. You are learning to attend to your happiness/health/schedule first. You are also learning to be honest with those you care about and this alone, will improve your stress levels and relationships—immeasurably.    Namaste — GoodWitch

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Just Say “No”: Responsibility of Self-Care (BW)

I always thought that Nancy Reagan ‘80s anti-drug campaign was idiotically effective. It’s idiotically naive to think that all people in this world can Just Say No, but all the more effective when kids and adults who can Just Do. There’s something very positive about the word “NO” uttered when one is clear-minded, observing his/her boundaries, and has the self-esteem of true self-care, and utilizes the self-care measures available. Then recently, I “accidentally” opened a book right to this amazing and succinct quote (paraphrasing and thanks, Stephen Covey): You are always saying “no” to something. If it isn’t to the apparent, urgent things, it’s probably to the more fundamental, highly important things. Even if the urgent is good, it can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contribution, if you let it.

What do you most often say yes to that would not fall apart, implode or become extinct if you said “NO”? What would make you more comfortable to say “NO” when you more truthfully felt like saying “NO”? — BadWitch

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Mondays money, work, purpose dilemmas. Thursdays family, relationships, love dramedy. Send your brewing questions on how to thrive—not just survive— modern life to: coaching@stillsitting.net.

© 2009-2017 ManifestGroup. All rights reserved.

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