Let your no mean yes

In this first Mindful Moments blog post we are talking about self-care and how to let your no really mean yes.

More often than I would like to admit, I find myself getting caught up being too busy and feeling the weight of overwhelming busyness pushing down on me.

These are the times when I slowly start to remind myself of what I need in order to live my best life. I need rest, I need time alone, I need time with supportive loved ones, I need exercise, and I need fun. I need to choose each of these things.

I recently had an epiphany: every time I say no to something which adds to the feelings of being overwhelmed. I’m truly choosing to say yes to me.

Yes to having a night to myself.
Yes to better rest.
Yes to groceries and meal prep.
Yes to emotional stability.
Yes to me.
Sometimes this means saying no.
No to spending time with people I love.
No to events which feel like social obligations more than anything else.
No to a hectic lifestyle.

Whether it means attending an event, or not. Seeing people, or not. Staying in, or going out. Whatever it is, make the choice according to the life you choose to live.

  • Say yes, for you.
  • Say no, for you.
  • Choose, for you.


Karyn Zuidhof, Calgary Psychologist

As a Registered Psychologist, I have experience helping people with a variety of concerns including, but not limited to stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, parenting, and relationships. Together, we will use cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and collaborate to find the thoughts and actions creating obstacles in your life, test them out, and combat them to decide if they’re helping or hindering you. Most of all, I want to help you reach your potential, and make the way there a little easier.

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