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The power of saying no: how to avoid taking on too much

It can be hard to disappoint others, but always saying yes can endanger your well-being

It can be hard to say what you really want and potentially disappoint others, but continually saying yes can endanger your well-being

How many times have you heard yourself saying ‘yes’ when inside you are screaming ‘no’?

Whether it is agreeing to extra shifts, staying late at work or giving extra pocket money to your kids, the affect is the same – you end up doing things you really don’t want to do.

Avoiding the vicious cycle of saying yes to everything

As a one-off, this can feel okay; everyone has to compromise, after all.

But it is easy to get caught up in a vicious cycle of wanting to say no yet giving the


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