Being able to say NO can be incredibly powerful, because sometimes we just plain worry about hurting / inconveniencing someone else.

As a means to aid you in gaining a greater sense of personal confidence, here are a few creative and polite ways to say no:

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  1. “Thanks, I’ll have to pass on that.” ( but dont feel like you need to explain why.)

  2. “I really appreciate you asking me, but my time is already committed.”

  3. The apologetic – “I wish I could, but it’s just not going to work right now.”

  4. The my family reason – “Thanks so much for the invite, but that’s the day of my son’s soccer game, and I never miss those.”

  5. “I appreciate you thinking of me, but I’m afraid we are already booked that day.”

  6. The firm but agreeable no –  “Let me tell you what I can manage…”

  7. The take a moment to decide no – “Let me think about it, and get back to you.”

7 ways to say no | Bree Taylor Molyneaux

Often when we find ways to be honest about how we feel, what we need and what is right for us, saying no gets easier to because we are less concerned about what other people think!

Enjoy finding ways to say NO so you can reclaim more time, calm and sanity this festive season.

Yours in health, Bree


About the author

Bree Taylor Molyneaux is a Brisbane based happiness coach, clinical hypnotherapist, HypnoBirthing® practitioner, self-care and personal renewal facilitator, mother and wife. She founded Aspire Hypnotherapy, coaches women in a wide range of areas, runs restorative + self-care retreats, and has a range of and hypnosis downloads available. Read more about Bree here.