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Learning to say no and why it’s okay.

Learning to say no and why it’s okay.

It's okay to say no! It's all about learning how and why it's okay. In the end, it's all about you!

I’ll be the first to say it: Saying no is hard. I’m a yes girl all the way mostly because I love to stay busy and have a bit of FOMO. One thing I’m learning is to say no and why it’s okay!

Saying no doesn’t mean you’re going to lose your friends or your child’s friends. It doesn’t mean that people won’t like you, think your rude or judge you. (And if they do, should you be spending time with them?) Saying no is about setting boundaries for yourself and knowing when you have more to give. Or even knowing when you have nothing to give at all. Over the last couple of months I’ve been learning to say no and accepting that it’s okay.

Learning to say no may not seem very easy, but in the end, it's all about following what's right for you! The biggest takeaway is that it's OKAY to say no. Take a look and find out why!

Motherhood is hard and there are a lot of busy seasons of life. Right now, it’s not just the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but for me raising a strong-willed 4 year old and a 15 month old wild child makes things challenging. There are a lot of hard days involved, but also a lot of good ones. We love to stay busy and be on the go, but sometimes we just have to take a step back and say “no.” Some days Chloe tells me that she just wants to play with her toys at home. Perfect. When she does, that’s what we do, no ifs ands or buts about it.

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My 4 year old can say no, so I can too. I’m still learning, but saying no is okay!

When to say no.

You’re feeling overwhelmed.

With multiple kids and busy schedules, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and need a break. (This is what gets me the most!) When you or your children are feeling this way, take a step back.

Look at your plans and figure out what is just fluff and what is necessity. Obviously your kids need to go to school, but do that need that park playdate across town that someone what asking you about? Is it okay for them to miss gymnastics, dance, karate or whatever they’re involved in just one time?

Evaluate when you have these overwhelming moments before you feel like you’re life is out of your hands. It’s okay to feel like you have too much on your plate and you need to scale back!

You want to do less.

I feel like this is incredibly relevant during the holidays, but sometimes we want to do LESS. Less really is more and maybe you are in a season of less. Find a way for less plans, more spontinatity. Focus on less expensive events, more random in home get togethers. Whatever less looks like to you.

You just want to be with your family.

Sometimes you just need family time. A safe place where you can completely be yourself without worry. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be yourself around friends, but there is something different about being with family. It’s okay to just sit and talk while the kids run around like crazy people. No one is judging you and family is always supporting you.

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Why it’s okay to say no.

We all need a break sometimes.

This goes back to the feeling overwhelmed. We all need a break. There’s a time in everyone’s life when they feel they need to take a step back and say no. Just do it. Pushing forward and saying yes just to people please or for fear of missing out will just make you more overwhelmed. Take care of you first.

You need to put your needs first.

You are giving yourself value when you put you first. Everyone has needs and saying yes all the time will derail what needs are important. Putting others first constantly will completely drain you. I’m looking at you momma. We have to put our needs over our kids, family, friends sometimes because we are worth it.

Constantly giving or constantly saying yes to things you don’t want to do will leave you unhappy and unfulfilled. Find a balance between yes and no, and always keep yourself in mind when doing it. Choose to say yes to things that bring you joy, make you a better people or you just want to do.

You can’t control others’ opinion about you.

Saying no is often associated with being rude or even selfish, but for the most part, people understand. No is a boundary whether it comes to saying no to plans or saying no to a sales person. It’s a firm decision that for the most part people understand.

If people don’t understand, you can’t control what or how they think about you. That’s OKAY! You’re not being rude or selfish for expressing that you don’t want to. Don’t let their thoughts ruin your day. Find a way to accept that not everyone will like you and you’ll feel so much better.

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You can do it. Take control.

Say no when you want to. Don’t go to a party that you have no desire to attend. Say no when you have too much on your plate. Things will get done without you. Say no when it’s right for you. It’s time to start making you number one and stop worrying about what others think.

Say yes to things you have time to do. Reserve yeses for things that bring you joy and your life can benefit from. Say yes when you’re in a healthy point in life and you have more to give.

Learning to say no comes with figuring out why it’s okay. It’s okay to put yourself and your family first. So start small with saying no to little things and take control!

If you’re interested in learning more about saying no, you can purchase The Art of Saying No by Damon Zahariades on Amazon or read it for free on Kindle Unlimited! (Fun fact: You can try Kindle Unlimited for free for 30 days. It’s the best!)

Are you a YES or a NO person?

What do you think your reasons are for always saying yes?

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  1. Life Changing advice!! I have been a people pleaser my entire life and saying No has been something I have been learning to do this year and it has made a huge difference in my life already. I would recommend this process for anyone who also has a problem saying No.

    1. You sound just like me! I’m a yes girl, I want to be included and feel like a part of something, but I’m realizing that not everything is for me. Saying No has been so helpful for me this year to help me prioritize for myself and my family!

  2. I love this! I am just getting to the place where I am learning to just say “no”. Especially when it comes to just wanting to spend time with my family. We already do so much as moms, wives, our careers and businesses. Sometimes we need a minute!

    1. I completely agree. We need to focus on us and our families so it’s okay so say no when you need (or want) to!

  3. Omg so tonight I had plans and I’ve just been feeling really tired and exhausted today. So I had to tell the person no. It’s hard for me to say that I find, but I need to do it more. Thank for for this reassuring and much needed post.

    1. Yes girl! Good for you. It’s okay to say no or cancel. You have to take care of you and realize when you’re pushing too much.

  4. Great information! I spent most of my life being a “yes” girl, and it wore me out!

    1. Me too. Learning to say no had been a blessing and I realized it’s not a bad thing!

  5. I love the word ‘no’. I used to struggle with it but not anymore. You are so right, especially when you have family and other responsibilities, you have to protect your time and priorities.

    1. I completely agree. I used to be afraid it would hurt feelings or come off as rude, but as I’ve gotten older and my family has grown I realized it’s necessary!

  6. This is a tough lesson to learn and I’m still working on it. I just quit my part time position because it was getting to be too much and we may be moving in a few months anyway. It literally gave me anxiety to say no to that!

    1. It is definitely a tough one! I’m still learning slowly but surely as well. I’ve found that the more it happens, the easier it is and the better I feel about my decision to say no!

  7. I used to be a ‘yes’ girl, and at some point in my life, I finally stopped. Unfortunately, I think I went to the opposite end of the spectrum and say ‘no’ too often now, but hey no one is perfect! These are great tips, thanks for sharing!

    1. That is totally okay and it’s true, no one is perfect! As long as you’re happy with your decision to say yes or no, that’s what matters!

  8. Christy says:

    I’m slowly learning to say no, but it’s so HARD!!! These are all great reasons to remember it’s okay to take care of yourself.

    1. I agree, it really is SO HARD! It’s taken some time, but finding a happy balance of yes and no is so healthy!

  9. Thank you! I am learning to say no more and more, and it really is helpful!

    1. Me too! You’re not alone. It’s not easy, but I’m finding myself happier when I need to say it!

  10. I’m getting better at saying no to doing things that don’t serve me. It is definitely freeing!

    1. That’s amazing! I agree, it’s so freeing. We have to what’s best for us first!

  11. This is such a great post! It’s so difficult to shut out that little voice in my head that’s wondering what others are going to think of me if I say no, but…I always sit back and reevaluate why I’m wanting to say no. Chances are we are stretched too thin (and have been for some time) and that one little “no” to an activity on Saturday so we can all recharge and regroup is well worth it! Thanks for the reminer! <3

    1. Yes girl. I wrote this post as a reminder to myself. Sometimes we have to forget the worry about what others think and just do what is right for us and our family. I tend to be a yes girl and I wear myself out completely! Learning when and how to say no has been a blessing!

  12. Beautiful. No can be a beautiful choice leading to really great things!! Yes! To No!!!! =) Thanks for this post SAHM. Too much guilt in that word. Seriously. Especially for one who “only” stays home with the kids (like me). Like we should be doing more than that or something. Thanks for a mom to mom breath of fresh grace.

    1. I’m so glad that this spoke to you. As SAHMs we do SO much and we’re practically expected to say yes to everything! No was a hard one for me to learn, but the more I use it, the better I feel about it. Don’t get me wrong, I also love to get out and do things, but sometimes I need to take a step back!

  13. This is one of the most important lesson we should teach our kids. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post

    1. Thanks you! I’m so glad you liked it and YES we MUST teach this to our children as well. It’s OKAY to say no.

  14. This is a very empowering article. Thanks for the awesome advice and assurances!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad that you were able to resonate with it. This topic has been on my mind and heart a lot lately.

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