For some of us saying no is a difficult lesson. Perhaps, to ease yourself into it you start with giving out maybe’s because they feel softer than no. However, the problem with maybe is that it isn’t very clear and it can still end up becoming a yes.
One of my teachers Maryam Hasnaa once said in class that a great way to learn to stop people pleasing and saying yes to things you don’t really want to do, is to say no to anything that is not a clear yes.
Sometimes you just need to set clear boundaries instead of trying to ease yourself into it. The best part is you can feel within yourself when you don’t want to do something, it’s not hard to identify. All you then need to do is follow it through with your words.