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Every single person needs the ability to say no at times. For some, saying no is easy. For others, saying no can be difficult.

Whether a request made of you by another person is related to work, relationships, substance use, or favors, you need to think about how that request will affect you and whether saying yes is a healthy choice. If it is not a healthy choice, being able to speak up is crucial.

Here are a few ways you can consider saying no if a situation is just not right for you.

“Thank You, but No”

A clear and concise answer is always best. Often conflict arises when one party fails to understand the other party. If you don’t want to or can’t do something, say no. You know what is best for your mind and body.

If you struggle with substance use, this can be an extremely challenging situation. Reach out for support to learn specific skills and tools to help you in situations like this.

“I Am Sorry; I Am Already Fully Committed”

Life can feel constant, with one thing coming right after the next with little to no downtime to relax and recharge. Constant busyness can be extremely hard on your mental health. If your schedule is feeling full, do not feel bad about saying no.

“That Is a Lovely Offer, but I Am Going to Pass”

It is important to remember that you do not need to explain if you do not want to. Simply saying no is enough.

If the person making the request doesn’t accept your answer, it might be time to evaluate boundaries and whether or not the relationship is healthy for you. If you struggle with your mental health or an addiction having supportive and healthy relationships is essential.

Everyone needs to be able and comfortable with saying no. For some of us, saying no is easy. For others, saying no can cause extreme discomfort. Practicing different ways of saying no can be helpful. Try to be direct and forward. If you find yourself struggling to say no, you may find it beneficial to reach out for professional help. Here at The Guest House, we pride ourselves on helping everyone reach their individual goals. Call us today to learn more about how we can support you on your journey and our different treatment options at (855) 483-7800.