Carsen Trinkino
November 2018

How Saying No Can Feel Just as Good as Saying Yes

People today are overworked, tired, and rarely get time for themselves. Why does this happen? Because we have become a society of yes people. Individuals are expected to have a lot on their plate, but at what point does it just become too much? For student loan borrowers, taking on extra responsibilities could even hinder one’s ability to stay on track for student loan forgiveness.

Constantly saying yes can be draining, and can create a lot of stress. If you are feeling overloaded and overcommitted, it might be time to start thinking about how to say no effectively. In our culture, saying no can sometimes be frowned upon. However, in recent years with the introduction of more self care routines, it has become more commonplace to take care of yourself and your personal needs first. Sure, we would like to be able to do everything, but this is impossible.

At first, you may feel dejected. Won’t this hurt others feelings? Won’t this hurt my reputation? But finding the best way to say no doesn’t mean losing friends or losing your reputation. It really only requires personal reflection and categorization. Again, you can’t do it all, so taking time to reflect on what matters most to you can be very beneficial.

An article that talks about the beauty of saying no explains that in focusing on what matters most, you can weigh the pros and cons of the activity or request. The authors also explain that saying no can allow you to try new things and that by constantly saying yes you could be eliminating these new experiences. You may have to work at being able to say no, because for most of us we end up feeling guilty when not saying yes. However, in focusing on what matters most to you, taking guilt out the equation, or even just taking a day to think about it you can realize the beauty in saying no. Constantly saying yes can be overwhelming, and realizing the importance of saying no can be freeing.


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Carsen Trinkino

Carsen Trinkino is a Blogger, Influencer, and Social Media Manager based in Northern California. She has helped entrepreneurs and startups build an audience and gain more clients online. Carsen spent four years at DePauw University in Indiana, and a semester abroad at the Foundation for International Education in London. She now works at Ameritech Financial helping them create content for their products and services. Carsen enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and binge reading Sarah Dessen novels. Carsen can be easily reached via email or direct message.

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