"No is a complete sentence. It does not require an explanation to follow. You can truly answer someone's request with a simple no" - Sharon E Rainey
You likely got into healthcare to help people. You've probably been a helper your whole life. What a great quality to have. To want to help to make others feel better.
But it's likely at some point, you've helped others to the detriment of your own health and well-being. You've said 'yes' when it would have been better to say 'no'.
"Hey, can you stay late for me tomorrow?"
"Can you babysit my kid?"
"Can't you just come back home to visit for a couple of days between shifts?"
"Hey, can I borrow some money?"
"Could you pick up a couple of extra night shifts this month? We're short"
The answer to any of those questions can be a simple 'no'. You don't have to justify it to anyone. You don't have to come up with an excuse. You can always, for any reason or no reason at all, say 'no'.
WEEKLY WELLNESS TIP: This week, if there is something you want to say 'no' to, say it. No need for justification. Saying 'no' is a form of self-care.