The magic word

No. A small word with a powerful meaning. If things are threatening to get completely out of hand, try saying no. Okay?

As well as having a negative impact on how you are feeling, stress caused by pressure in your personal and private life can weaken your immune system. Here is a simple trick to keep on top of things in your day-to-day life and combat stress: just say no. It might sound logical, but it isn’t always an easy thing to do. Here are a few tips on how to do it: 

  1. Take the time to think things through before making a decision.
  2. Find out why it’s difficult for you to say no.
  3. Make it clear exactly what saying yes will entail.
  4. Permit yourself to say no when you want to.
  5. Learn to say no in a gentle, yet firm way.