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Standing up for myself

Standing up for yourself is hard. When others disrespect you it’s hard to have to confidence to speak and say how you feel. But hopefully these tips and resources will make it a bit easier.

You deserve to be heard. When people aren’t treating us right it is easy to keep quiet about it – we don’t want to ruin a friendship or a relationship, so we don’t say anything. The first thing you must realise is that your thoughts and feelings deserve to be heard. You deserve respect.

Don’t act just yet. You have been there – your angry or upset and say something you regret later. So, before you stand up for yourself look at the situation from the other person’s perspective. Maybe they are unaware of the fact that they are hurt you. Think about the emotions you are experiencing, even write them down. The point is to give yourself time so that when you do stand up for yourself, you do it in the best way possible – cool, calm and considerate.

Don’t be too nasty, but don’t be too nice. Don’t personally attack the other person. In other words, don’t be awful and mean – don’t say things like “You are literally the worst person to ever be born” (unless that’s true). At the same time, don’t too nice. Let them know their actions – intentional or not – are making you feel horrible. They should how you feel, and what they are doing to you is unacceptable.

Practice beforehand. Standing up to someone is scary. You might want to practice what you are going to say before you do it. Write your ideas down, practice front of the mirror, do whatever works for you. Feeling prepared will give you that much more confidence for when the big day comes.

Remember, you deserve to be heard.

Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!

Here are some things that can help you with that.

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Great
reads

The Ultimate Self-Esteem Workbook by Megan Maccutcheon
This workbook helps make it possible by giving you practical tools to boost your self esteem, work through insecurity, and be content with who you are.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
This book is about survival and the perseverance of a heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village.

Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest by Anna Branford,
Violet finds out that tiny things can have a big impact when she and her friend try to save a favorite tree in this sixth volume of a very sweet chapter-book series.

Great
Films

The Breadwinner
Parvana and her family live in Kabul, which is ruled by the Talibans. After her father gets arrested, she is forced to disguise herself as a boy in order to earn money for her family.

Brave
Merida disobeys an ancient custom which unleashes a dark force. After meeting an elderly witch, as she journeys to reverse the curse, she discovers the real meaning of bravery.

Big Hero 6
Hiro, a robotics prodigy, joins hands with Baymax in order to avenge his brother's death. They then team up with Hiro's friends to form a team of high-tech heroes.

Spotify

This playlist will make you feel like you can conquer the world.

Podcasts

Enlighten Alignment
This episode talks about standing up for yourself. When and how to stand up for yourself 🌻🧘‍♀️

Social Confidence from Teens To Teens
This episode follows a teen as he learns his passion for social confidence.

Teenager Therapy
Five stressed, sleep deprived, yet energetic teens sit down and talk about the struggles that come with being a teenager.

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