Stand up for Yourself
The stress response is generally a fear response, and what we fear most is loss of control. So when your stomach is churning, take charge of something anything to remember your power and ability to cope.
- Make a decision right now about a personal preference. It might be where you'll eat, what movie you'll see, the color of the new carpeting, or what time you'll set your alarm for tomorrow. Just do it.
- Express an opinion that you have been keeping to yourself to keep the peace.
- Say "no" to a request just to practice your assertiveness.
- Let someone know if they recently stepped on your toes, and establish boundaries for future interactions.
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A series of "quick-lifts" excerpted from Recharge in Minutes, ©2003, by Suzanne Zoglio, Ph.D.