Many people have been raised to believe that there is nothing more noble than giving up self for the sake of others. They will frequently deny their own desires in order to please others, believing that the needs of others must come first. Whenever they’re asked to do something, they answer yes without considering the consequences to themselves.
Taking on too many responsibilities triggers stress. If you cant say no, you often end up not only with your own problems and responsibilities to attend to, but everyone else’s too! Become more aware of your limits and learn when you have reached them. Practice saying no without feeling guilty. Remember, your first responsibility is to your own health and well-being. After all, if you’re not healthy, you can be of little use to others.