Ever find yourself chaperoning your kid's field trip even though you're behind on work? Letting someone borrow your car even though you need it? Volunteering to have book club at your house even though you're sick as a dog? All these problems could be avoided -- and your stress level drastically reduced -- with just one simple, magical word.
For some of us, it's incredibly hard to say. You're a people pleaser. Worried others will be hurt. It's easier to overload yourself than "rock the boat."
But "saying no is emotionally healthy," says Judith Orloff, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and author of The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. "Setting clear, firm, loving boundaries with people will protect your energy and serenity as well as support healthy relationships."
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