How to Advocate for Yourself
We’ve been taught to trust the experts, to be nice, to make others feel better about themselves, to not make waves. But we’re not taught self-advocacy, and that’s such shame. It’s crucial.
Self-advocacy is the act of advocating for one’s self. It means speaking up at the dr.’s office when they aren’t listening to your symptoms or telling your partner that they crossed your boundaries.
Why is Self Advocacy Important?
It’s important to self-advocate because you’re the one who knows yourself best. You’re always going to be your own number one fan and your own biggest cheerleader.
To appropriately advocate for yourself and your needs, there are three main things you need to consider.
Learn your own strengths and weaknesses. Know what you can and can’t achieve. Listen to your body, and try to understand what it’s telling you.
1. Know Yourself
Perhaps you’ve struggled with advocating for yourself in relationships. Now is the time to sit down and really think about what you need from a partner.
2. Know Your Need
People often compromise on their own needs and end up being abused because they think compromise makes a healthy relationship.
3. Compromise and Abuse
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