10 Things You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Say To People

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1. ‘You hurt me’

You shouldn’t be afraid to let someone know they did you wrong. If you truly care about that person you should clear the air instead of bottling things up that may later put a damper on your relationship.

2. ‘I was wrong’

On the flip side, you shouldn’t be afraid to admit you were wrong if you were the one at fault, it can be hard at first but it will be liberating after you get things off your chest.

3. ‘No’

Short but sweet. Learning to say no is a slow and gradual process but it’s life-changing. We have a habit of saying ‘yes’ to things that we sometimes forget what exactly we’re saying yes to. Saying ‘no’ eliminates a lot of unwanted stress and unnecessary obligations. It also feels really good.

4. ‘I disagree’

Agree to disagree! Speaking up your mind against something you don’t believe in or defending something you are passionate about is not a crime. Sometimes you have to voice your concerns and opinions to people so they can understand where you are coming from.

5. ‘I’m over it’

When you can no longer tolerate a situation, you have to make your case clear. It’s vital to let people know where they stand or when they’ve crossed the line; otherwise, we let them get away with repeatedly mistreating us.

6. ‘It’s none of your business’

You are allowed to protect your personal space and personal life. When people invite themselves into your life, you can politely let them know that they weren’t really invited in the first place but you appreciate the effort.

7. ‘I don’t know’

People would rather say anything than ‘I don’t know’. But the truth is, we are all still learning and we don’t have the answers to everything, even if it seems crystal clear to others. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know, it’s actually the smart thing to say and it’s the truth.

8. ‘I’m scared’

One thing that makes us human is our vulnerability. Don’t be afraid to say that you are afraid of something, it lets others know that you are honest with yourself before anyone else and it helps others offer you their assistance and support to get over your fear.

9. ‘I want to be alone’

Asking for some time alone to reflect on your life and distance yourself from all the distractions and the demands of life is a healthy move. It’s self-cleansing and healing. We all need time to recharge and rethink our life choices. Don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones to give you some space if you really need it.

10. ‘I love you’

You can’t guarantee if you will hear it back, but if it’s been on your mind and in your heart, then you should be brave enough to say it. No one knows what tomorrow will bring and saying those three words can make all the difference. There is nothing more powerful than telling someone that you love them. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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