“Yes” is a great word. Life is short, so we should be saying “yes” to more things, shouldn’t we? Well, yes, but there’s another word we should all be taking more advantage of if we really want to improve our overall health and wellness. How can saying ‘no’ more often benefit you? A lot of ways, it turns out. Once you begin to understand the balance between being a consistently negative person, in relation to learning how to take care of your needs rather than putting other people and priorities ahead of yourself, you may be surprised to find just how much this word can improve your health and well-being.
When ‘Yes’ Becomes Less Positive
We tend to associate affirmative statements with being an open and honest person. This is true, to a certain extent. In the long run, saying yes to too many people, responsibilities, and offers can actually jeopordize our own needs. Taking other people into consideration is a wonderfully nice thing to do. Doing this at the expense of taking care of yourself is not as beneficial, to you or anyone else. When you think about it, how can you do your best to take care of other people’s needs when you aren’t taking the time to care for yourself? Saying no more often can actually be a very positive and self-empowering act, as long as it doesn’t become your default response to life.
When Should You Say No?
This is when listening to your gut can really pay off. If you’ve been asked to hang out with some friends, but your body is making it clear that it’s completely exhausted, it’s OK to turn down the offer in order to rest and recharge. You can always reschedule for another time after an opportunity to unwind and clear your mind, and therefore be better company to spend time with. When it comes to making bigger decisions, such as a job offer, make sure your mind and body are both fully onboard with the idea before saying yes. If there’s any hint of doubt, you may want to take some time to reassess what’s being offered to you, and whether it really is a good choice for you to make at this point in your life.
There’s a fine line between taking care of yourself and just being negative. Alternatively, there’s a fine line between being an open, honest person, and being overly accommodating and therefore inhibiting our own wellbeing.
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