We can finally see the light at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic tunnel.
In many ways there is an overwhelming feeling of joy as we're reuniting with friends and family, returning to a sense of "normalcy."
But in the private conversations I've been having with clients, I've been hearing and feeling a bit of trepidation about returning to "the way things used to be."
Many people realized during their time alone in the midst of the pandemic that they had become overworked, overwhelmed, over-committed to others and had lost touch with themselves.
With a forced pause, we were able to remember who we were and get back in touch with parts of ourselves we thought we'd lost or we discovered parts of ourselves that we never knew.
Boundaries have never been an easy topic for people. We're often afraid of hurting people or disappointing people, we like to avoid "confrontation", we get validated and affirmed when we say "yes".
Now after almost a year and a half of being isolated or at least having a "legitimate excuse" to decline invitations and obligations, many people are feeling like they HAVE TO say "yes" to invites and requests from others.
Below I'm sharing 10 reasons why you might want to embrace saying "no" as we transition into this new season of life.