The Power of Saying No

The Power of Saying No
Through the Fog As people with chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia, we need to learn to value our time and conserve our energy. There was a time when I could say yes to just about anything. That is no longer the right choice for me. As fibromyalgia patients, we need to respect our energy levels when we are asked to do something or go somewhere. It's lovely when we can say yes, and important that we learn to say no — graciously, of course. When we say yes instead of no, it can create a whirlwind of stress and overwhelm us. I have a sister who lives about an hour from me, and we try to get together once or twice a month at my house. I know that when she comes she stays for four hours, and when she leaves I am completely exhausted. But I love our time together. Sometimes I have to cancel at the last minute, and I'm so thankful that she understands. Think of saying no as setting healthy boundaries for yourself. Think of your yeses as a gift you save for those times that you choose. Some people won't understand, and some will even become angry. Don't let their issues become your issues. Be loving and kind but adamant when you have to decline. Don't be guilt-tripped into accepting. Let this be a resolution that you try in 2019.  I used to feel bad when I had to say no, and th
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