Be Informed Campaigns Tip 7: It's Okay to Say No Saying ‘no’ can be difficult for many of us as it is associated with being selfish or rude. On the contrary, saying ‘no’ means you know your values and you respect your boundaries. Often we feel pressure to do things we may not want to do and we often place that pressure on ourselves. Thoughts of what we should do or the expectations others may have of us can be overwhelming and leave us feeling conflicted and guilty. We forget it is okay to say ‘no’ and if we respond to people’s requests and invitations politely and respectfully we should feel confident and ok with ourselves for having done this. The key is learning to balance kindness and courteousness without sacrificing our own sense of self-worth. Life flows, moves, and progresses whether we say no or not. People are always going to have requests. Sometimes you will be able to help; sometimes you will not. You are still a good person regardless. If you put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own, you will become mentally and physically exhausted. Set boundaries to validate your own feelings and practice acceptance that you cannot control the opinions of others. Recognize that it is okay to say no even if you have already said yes. You are your own biggest advocate. You are the only one who can really identify your priorities in life, as you are the person who is going to be most affected by the decisions you make. It is okay to say ‘no’. 6 times it's totally ok to say 'No'