As the holiday season begins, please remember:
IT’S OKAY TO SAY NO.
If you’re not sure how, here are some ideas…
When you’re running low on spoons at a party: “Just a heads up, I can only stay about half an hour more.”
When someone wants to hang out: “Can you join me at this event I’m already going to? If not, let’s put something on the calendar for early January.”
When you’re technically free a certain day, but scheduling one more thing will make your week too full to handle: “Sorry, I can’t that day.”
“Can” and “can’t” are honest. What they mean is: “This is what I am capable of doing at this moment, while preserving my peace, love, strength, and sanity.”
And that is reason enough.