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Are You Afraid to Say No?

Updated on May 01, 2019

Yes. No. I mean – maybe? Well, okay. Have you ever wanted to be able to say "no" without feeling guilty? Without feeling you're letting someone down? Many of us struggle with disappointing anyone with a 'no.' At the same time, those two letters, n-o, can be freeing.

If you’re managing a chronic condition, the ability to say no is a powerful skill that can ultimately give you the gifts of time and energy to dedicate to your health. By trading off doing something you truly don’t have the time to do, you can give yourself more breathing room to stay on top of appointments, treatments, and general self-care. It becomes easier to say “no” with practice.

There are a variety of ways to say no and set boundaries with friends and family with no hard feelings. How do you say “no” to others? Are you direct? Do you provide rain checks?

Here are some conversations about this topic from the community:

“I’m not letting myself feel bad because I had to cancel plans.” 

“My friend wants me to be there. But today, my body refuses to cooperate and there's just nothing I can do about it.” 

“When I cancel plans on a friend, it’s not because I’m flaking, it’s not because I don’t care about them. It’s because I am taking the time to take care of myself.” 

When has saying no been a form of self-care for you?
Share in the comments below or post on MyFibroTeam.

A MyFibroTeam Member said:

Depends as if I'm really bad nd iv had to cancel my friends wud work around me so if I can't go out thy would come to me
But as of wen I can't get to work I feel bad as I'm letting my boss down so… read more

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