Life can be incredibly busy, but it may be even more so if you have a problem saying no without feeling guilty. After awhile, doing requests for others may become priority even if means that you’re inconvenienced and your schedule becomes more hectic. If the word yes is frequent in your vocabulary, there are ways to say no without feeling guilty.
If guilty feelings creep up after you say no, one of the primary steps to consider trying is discovering why you say yes so much in the first place. Looking internally could be the best place to start. Think about why the guilt is there, what feelings are being experienced and why saying no is so difficult.
Working on self-confidence may help in the effort to say no instead of always saying yes. The guilt could be so overwhelming because you’re worried about pleasing others above yourself, which may be a sign of a lack of confidence. Consider trying to achieve a goal you’ve always wanted to accomplish as a way of improving your self-confidence. It may be a simple way to begin the process of saying no by working on what could be the root of the issue.
When someone approaches with a request, listen to yourself and be conscious of your feelings in order to determine if it’s a request worth doing. Make every attempt to push the guilt away and focus on the other feelings that are present. If there are any doubts that you can’t or shouldn’t go through with the request, kindly say no.
Before immediately saying yes, you should make every effort to be respectful of your time by taking a few moments to think about your schedule. Consider if saying yes would put a strain on other obligations that are already taking up time. Time is valuable as it is, so make sure not to overextend yourself or sacrifice any time that is precious in order to do something you’re not interested in doing.
In order to say no without feeling guilty, try to take it day by day and treat each request individually. Saying no may not be easy at first, but it just takes a bit of work. Avoid getting down on yourself or thinking that you’ve failed. The more confident you get in your ability to say no, the more it may be easier to say in the future without having the guilty feelings.