Setting Boundaries: Say ‘No’ More

Ever caught yourself saying ‘yes’ to just about everything and then feeling overwhelmed?

That’s where learning the power of a simple, two-letter word comes in – ‘No’.

It’s easy to overcommit, especially when we want to help, fear missing out, or are just used to saying ‘yes’ by default.

But remember, every ‘yes’ adds another layer to your already full plate.

The constant headaches, fatigue, and that stretched-too-thin feeling? It’s your body’s way of saying it’s time to step back and reevaluate.

The thing is, saying ‘No’ isn’t and shouldn’t be a negative thing.

It’s about reclaiming your time and energy and making conscious choices on what truly deserves your attention and effort.

Here are some of the positive impacts of placing these boundaries:

  • Reduces Overwhelm: It helps you to manage your workload more effectively, reducing the stress that comes from overcommitment.
  • Increases Focus: By saying no to less important tasks, you can concentrate on what truly matters, improving the quality of your work and personal life.
  • Boosts Well-being: You’re likely to feel more relaxed and have a sense of control, which is crucial for your overall health and happiness.

Now, it’s easier said than done to enforce boundaries (especially for people-pleasers).

So here are a few ways you can say no with grace:

🤝 Be Clear but Kind: It’s okay to be straightforward about your limits. A simple, “I appreciate the offer, but I’m not able to commit to this right now,” is respectful and honest.

📝 Suggest Alternatives: If possible, point them towards other resources or people who may help.

🖤 Remember Your ‘Why’: Keep in mind the reasons for your ‘No’ – your well-being, your priorities, your peace of mind.

Remember, it might be a challenge for you to say no more often, but it’s only you who’ll be able to enforce these boundaries for your own well-being.

So don’t be afraid to work on it!

Reflect on this:

  • How do you handle requests that you really want to say ‘No’ to?
  • Do you find it easy or challenging?
  • Think about the last time you said ‘Yes’ when you wanted to say ‘No’. What could you have said or done differently?

👇 Let’s discuss below. Share your strategies for saying ‘No’ and how it has helped you manage stress.

We talk more about stress management tips like this in our Psychological Safety & Stress Resilience programs!

We give hands-on help for reducing your work stress all while creating a safer, more inclusive workplace.

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Create a great day,

Amanda + Team Mako Mindfulness #MakoMindfulness


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