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Why Saying No Can Improve Your Health And Life
Benefits of Saying No
More Time. Time is non-renewable. No matter where we go or what we do in life, time is the only thing we ever really have. When you say “no” you’re taking back control of your most precious rescue.
You’ll Have Less Regrets. The mere fact that you wanted to say no in the first place means you may have had a good reason for not being there. Maybe you want to work on a side business after work. Maybe you want to practice guitar. Think about the opportunity cost of saying yes all the time. That time you spent at cocktail party you didn’t want to go to was time you could have spent getting better at guitar or building that business.
Improved Health & Energy. Since you’re no longer running around all the time doing things you don’t want to do, you’ll be healthier and less stressed. Since you’re healthier, you’ll also have more energy to give to the things and relationships that are really important to you.
People Will Respect You More. Each time you say no, you’re sending a message, that you respect yourself and you take your time seriously. When you demonstrate these qualities toward yourself, others will respect you as well. Your true friends will understand, and they won’y hold it against you if you say no when it’s necessary. If a friend, acquaintance, or even a family member cannot deal with you saying no to them, that’s a sign of someone who is probably a negative influence in your life. You’re better off reducing the amount of time you spend around such a person.
It takes courage and assertiveness to say no to people. The two fears mentioned above are deeply engrained in us, and even strong-willed people can find it difficult at times. But when you learn to say no, your stress levels, relationships, health and quality of life will improve.
No one’s going to take back control of your time for you. It’s up to you. Remember Nancy Reagan’s old anti-drug slogan, if you want to reclaim ownership of your life health and life: Just Say No.