Balanced Mind,  Self Care

How to say “NO,” politely

Did you know that the word NO is technically a whole sentence? And that you can say it without necessarily giving anyone an explanation. But that can come across as abrupt, aggressive, or cold. We all want to feel loved, needed, and valued but learning how to stand up for ourselves is an important part of meeting our own needs and values. It’s so tough to say no because many of us simply weren’t taught how to do it. But living someone else’s version of your life because you can’t say no can lead to tragedy in yours. By drawing boundaries, you can focus your time and energy on the things that are important to you.


So, make a compliment sandwich:


“I really appreciate the offer, but I’m going to have to pass this time.”


“I’d love to come, but unfortunately, I have a prior commitment that day.”


“It sounds lovely, but I won’t be able to make it. Maybe next time!”


“I’m afraid I can’t make it work, but I appreciate the thought.”


“Thanks, but no.”

How to say “NO” politely


Once you know how to find a softer way to say no, it will be easier to draw boundaries to make sure you’re staying true to yourself. It won’t be easy, especially at first, but the more you practice holding your boundaries, the better you’ll get at it.

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