How to Say 'No' and Set Boundaries This Summer

I don’t know about you, but one of the hardest things for some of us to say only consists of one vowel and two little, scary letters – “no.”

Being fearful of the word “no” comes along with a lot of baggage – overloaded schedules, too many clients to adequately service, lack of time to spend with loved ones and more. Crazy to think that being a “yes-woman” can truly wreak havoc on our lives, right?

If you have a hard time saying “no” and setting boundaries in your day-to-day life, rest easy knowing that you’re certainly not alone. However, there are little habits that you can start cultivated in your day-to-day that will make you more comfortable and confident while setting new boundaries, and I can guarantee that you’ll be feeling more freedom in your schedule in no time.

Ready to set boundaries and win back your precious time this summer? Keep reading!

Start small.

One of the easiest ways to practice saying no and setting newfound boundaries is by starting small. Sure, you might not be able to say no to an important business trip right now, but you can probably take a rain check on an impromptu coffee date invite that pops up during an already crazy day.

The next time your to-do list is seemingly endless and just one more little commitment pops up, say “no.” Your personal time will thank you later.

Don’t make excuses.

For some reason, when we say “no,” we always want to have a significant or lavish reason for saying so. But what if “I can’t today, I need to set aside to call my family back home this afternoon,” or “No, I need to catch up on my online e-course,” would suffice? What if the truth and nothing but it was enough?

It is.

Step away from excuses and become comfortable in cultivating truth within your newfound boundaries.

Keep inventory of what “no” has allowed you to say “yes” to.

Setting boundaries doesn’t come without a reward. I challenge you to keep inventory of what your newfound “no’s” have allowed you to say yes to – whether it’s yes to sitting down to write a letter to a hometown friend, or yes to simply tidying up your house. You’ll feel so incredibly proud of your newfound boundaries and all of the freedom that they’ve allowed you.