Day 2 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Saying 'No'
One of the reasons why so many of us are usually so stressed-out, is the fact that we are unable to say 'No'. There are so many times when we compromise, because we do not wish to hurt the other person's feelings. So many times, we just keep our mouth shut and allow other people to exploit us in many minor ways, just because we're scared of confrontations and "making a scene".
The most amazing thing is that the people who are closest to us are the ones who usually get away with most of the exploitation!
Anyway, be it family or friends, or mere acquaintances, having healthy boundaries is very important in life. Speaking up for yourself, not letting others take advantage of your gentleness or helpfulness or friendliness, these are things that will probably make you seem cold and aloof to some, or even hostile to some others. But, in the end, it's your life, and if you let others trod over you for their own selfish gains, then you have only yourself to blame.
So say "No".
Whenever something doesn't seem right to you, just say 'no'. There is no such thing as 'peer pressure'. It's only in our minds. And if you don't have time to 'help' someone, then also say 'no'. Charity always begins at home, and it always begins from you. If you often find yourself being cornered into taking on more than you can chew (yes, literally too!), just hold up your hands and say 'no'.
Your time is important. Whatever you do is important. You are important.
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