I have always found it hard to say no to any sort of fun things in fear of missing out, or to helping people out even if that cut down on my personal time or capacity. In the beginning, this was not a problem, but as my work load, responsibilities and loads increased, this “habit” of mine became somewhat unbearable at times. So, for my intervention, I decided to start saying no when needed. In the first few days, it was not easy because I would feel bad for saying no to people. But afterwards, I started feeling somewhat relieved and like some loads have been taken off my shoulders. It was great. Moving forward, I will try to keep that balance of knowing when to say no for my own sanity’s sake.
— Monica Shehata