How often do you find yourself apologizing, saying sorry, or feeling guilty about saying no? If you are anything like me you probably say it more often than you should. Why, because we are trained (especially women) to try to be everything and do everything, when in reality that is just not humanly possible or healthy. And feeling ashamed about doing what is best for you definitely is not mindful. I encourage you to make decisions based on what is best for you and then stick to your decisions with confidence. No regrets.
Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.
-Henry A. Kissinger
It is not only important to learn how to say no, but to say no without feeling like you have to explain yourself. Saying no helps simplify your life and allows you to put yourself first, which is okay. We have limits, limits to our energy, our time and our schedules. If we do not acknowledge these limits we will most likely experience burnout. Burnout happens but it can be avoided with careful consideration. Say yes to the stuff that helps you accomplish your goals, that aligns with your morals and gives you energy, instead of drains it.
Saying YES to happiness means learning to say NO to things and people who stress you out (Thema Davis). You do not have to defend or explain your decisions to anyone. It is your life.
Try it. Live without apologies.