Do you often find yourself busy and with no time of your own? Do you feel like your life is guided by what others need and expect for you? If so, you might have trouble asserting your opinion and saying “no” when necessary. All of this is part of being an assertive person.
Assertive people are confident enough to speak their mind without bullying others into agreeing with them. They tend to have fewer conflicts in their dealings with others, which translates into much less stress in their lives. They get their needs met, which means less stress over unmet needs. Plus, assertive people are better equipped to help others.
Having stronger, more supportive relationships virtually guarantees that, in a bind, assertive people have others they can count on, which also helps with stress management, and leads to a healthier body. Doesn’t that sound nice?
Even though some people are naturally assertive, this is a life skill that can be learned. The first step is to take an honest look at yourself and your responses, to see where you currently stand. If you have difficulty accepting constructive criticism or find it hard to say no, then you can work to improve this aspect of your life.