Just Say No

Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. will host a panel about the importance of saying no

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Just Say No
Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc will host a workshop on the importance of saying no both professionally and personally
Justin Kanski, Staff Writer

It is important to know when to say no. Saying no is a sign of respect, and helps set healthy boundaries while maintaining relationships with others. To examine these thoughts more, the sisters of Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. will be hosting Unapologetically, No on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m..

People do not need to say yes to everything they encounter during their lives. Saying no is a more healthy way to approach unwanted situations in life, and can also act as a stress reliever. If everybody in the world said yes to everything being asked of them, especially if they would rather refuse, every relationship would be met with strain. From friends, family, or a significant other, sometimes the best answer to something is to just say no.

Saying no does not mean people are negative or pessimistic, or don't want to participate in anything. There are many benefits to avoid being put in uncomfortable situations. Saying no is a sign of respect, as telling the truth and being authentic lead to more healthy relationships. The reality is that people have their own schedules and intentions, and it may get overwhelming to accept every opportunity that passes by.

Self-care is extremely important in achieving total wellness. It feels satisfying to help others in need, but it is also important to prioritize the self to stay mentally healthy. Saying no helps to set those boundaries in a more appropriate way. Saying no is a sign of respect, and sets a positive example for others who may be struggling with balancing their lives between all the responsibilities of modern life.

Another benefit to saying no more often is the value of saying yes to rare experiences. Respectfully declining one option in life can open unexpected doors to other choices and opportunities. Deciding not to accept an invitation might let someone get assignments done, go to the gym, visit with family or relax and focus on mental health.

It is also a good practice for students to start saying no because it will become essential in the future, especially after college. It's a skill of patience that leads to making better decisions, personally as well as professionally. The choice could be an internship opportunity with flexible hours or a job offer that will require more time during the week. Sometimes saying no can lead to better decisions down the line. Friends, family and coworkers respect the authenticity of saying no when you're trying to prioritize different parts of life.

Be sure to check out Unapologetically, No, hosted by Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc., on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 7:45 to 9 p.m. It will be held on Zoom, and students can register on Cougar Link to reserve their spots today. For more information, refer to Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc.'s page on Cougar Link, and check out all their upcoming events for the rest of the semester.

about the author

Justin Kanski, Staff Writer

Justin Kanski is a senior majoring in Communication with a focus on Media/Film and a minor in Health Relations. A Staff Writer for The Cougar's Byte, Justin is also a part of Kean TV and WKNJ 90.3 Cougar Radio as the host of J Money Jams. He is a member of the Leadership Institute Platinum Level and has served as a New Student Orientation Leader for the past two years. Justin’s favorite shows are “Power” and "Cobra Kai" while his favorite movies are anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also loves listening to Hip-Hop music. Whether it be in front of the camera or behind it, Justin aspires to be a media mogul.