The Power of Saying “No”


When you hear about self-care, it’s mostly about resting and treating yourself, and that’s a good thing.

What I didn’t know was that self-care also involves the power of saying no.

The power of saying, “I’m just one person.” The power of saying, “I’m all booked right now.” The power of saying, “You can’t guilt-trip me into giving what I don’t have.” The power, even, of saying no to yourself.

This means knowing your limitations enough not to double-book or make grand promises or to have it all done by the morning. It means setting clear expectations about the kind of work you can and can’t do. It means knowing when to delegate or to start sending out your resume or to leave your phone on another planet. And yes, it means disappointing people. But if they couldn’t hear your no, then they only wanted you for the thing you could do—and in that case, you were always right to say no.

Self-care, really, isn’t just a thing you schedule, but a way to move and be, a rhythm that allows you to give your all without giving all of yourself away. You need a healthy tempo because we need you. We really do.

J.S.

One thought on “The Power of Saying “No”

  1. I love this post! I spent a couple thousand dollars on self improvement courses. The most important thing I got out of it was power to define for myself what I would commit to and the ability to decline requests kindly and firmly. “I would love to help with that! But, I won’t be able to.” No excuses for them to talk me out of. No lies of other things I’m doing. Just, “I won’t be able to do that.” Said with kind conviction, it is always the end of the conversation.

    True. I have lost “friends”. Well, truth be told, perhaps I was a friend to them, but they were not a friend to me?

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