We’ve all heard of things that can save our health – exercise, eating right, and avoiding stress, but saying “No?” How can that save our health? Well, in this world, where so many of us are afraid to say no, we can find that taking on too much and doing things we don’t want to do can cause stress. That’s why it’s important for us to learn to be assertive, so we can avoid doing things that will make us feel anxious or unhappy. Do you have trouble saying no? Here are a few important tips that may save your health!
4 Tips to Saying No
Body Reaction: When someone asks you to do something, determine how their request makes you feel. Does it make you anxious and unhappy? Are you actually experiencing unpleasant physical symptoms as a result of being asked to do something? If so, it is best to just say no.
Take a Minute: Many of us automatically say yes when someone asks us to do something. Instead of giving in so quickly, take a minute to ask yourself if this is something you really want to do. If that answer is no, speak up to avoid getting stuck in an unpleasant situation. If you are not sure if this is something you want to do, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask for time to think about it before agreeing to anything.
Learn How to Say No: While this advice sounds easy enough to follow, actually saying no can be difficult for many people. Start by saying no to little things like telemarketer offers and credit cards, or program enrollments that a cashier offers you at a department store. This will prepare you to say no to bigger things when the time comes.
Avoid Elaborate Excuses: If you don’t want to do something, don’t feel as if you have to make an elaborate excuse to get yourself out of doing it. Simply saying no or telling people that you just can’t do it is all that’s required of you. Chances are you won’t be asked to explain yourself further.
Saying no can be difficult but it’s something we should all learn to do for our own sake. Once you begin saying no more often, you will start to feel more confident and less stressed out. Master this one little word and find out how it can change your life for the better!
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