Set Better Boundaries: Just Say No
How to say "no" to the naggers, users, and takers who push the limits in your life.
Up until recently, "No" was dirty word to me. As a stage-four people-pleaser, my vocabulary was rich with affirmatives: "yeah," "sure," "okay," "absolutely," "no problem." But my mouth just couldn’t seem to form the consonant-vowel combination required to say "No," even when "Yes" was simply impossible due to time conficts or just an overdose of stress in my daily life.
I would get stuck at "Nnnnnnn... alright." Which meant I was doing all kinds of things that I didn’t want to, have to, or have time to do.
If you are like me, surrounded by a modest sampling of users, takers, and even well intentioned askers who could zap all your energy if you let them, take heart! Here are a few fun, simple techniques to get your mind and mouth to work in tandem to repeat after me: NO!
Therese J. Borchard writes the Beyond Blue blog on Beliefnet.