Sometimes we allow people to walk all over us. We need to learn to say no for our own self-respect. Saying no without guilt is a tricky attitude that needs to be inculcated in us for our own good. Eminent Psychiatrist Dr. Devendra Save highlights the topic for us today.
Saying No Without Guilt
Dr. Save says, “You have to learn to say no, without feeling guilty. Setting boundaries is healthy. You need to learn to respect and take care of yourself. Personal boundaries are vital in order for us to thrive and be in healthy relationships. Having them in place allows us to communicate our needs and desires clearly without the fear of repercussions. It is also used to set limits so that others don’t take advantage of us or are allowed to hurt us. It is a way for us to practice self-care and self-respect. With unhealthy boundaries, we lose self-respect as we go against our values in order to please others. We keep giving help and care and yet feel like when we ask for help we are ignored. Allowing others to determine what we like, where we are going or who we are shows that we are allowing them to control us which are signs that we have unhealthy boundaries.”