How To Stand Up For Yourself: 13 Simple Tips

How To Stand Up For Yourself Simple Tips

8. Learn To Say No

If you feel stressed and worn out, then you need to stop putting other people’s needs ahead of you.

Remember, you can’t give what you don’t have. That’s why you have to always make yourself a priority.

You shouldn’t have to suffer at the expense of others. Not to mention, time is your most valuable resource because you can’t make more of it. That’s why you have to be mindful of your commitments. For example, if someone is asking you to go out late at night and you don’t want to, then politely say it.

Remind yourself that you don’t owe anyone anything and it’s okay to be selfish. If saying no feels difficult for you, try delaying your response. When someone makes a request, tell them you want to think about it and that you’ll get back to them.

That way, you’ll be able to assess if what they’re asking for is something you want to do or not. By doing this, you’ve bought yourself time and removed any pressure from saying yes automatically.

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9. Agree To Disagree

I know it sounds obvious but we’re all different. We each have our unique personalities and our own life experiences. That being said, doesn’t it make sense that we’re not always going to see eye-to-eye on certain things?

In those cases, we can just agree to disagree.

For example, my brother and I have our own methods of staying in shape. He likes CrossFit and I like doing Reverse Pyramid Training. He enjoys a high-fat diet and I prefer eating carbs.

One’s not necessarily better than the other. It’s about whatever works and what gets the job done. On that note, you don’t need to talk about a particular topic or do a specific activity if it causes friction and tension.

You like what you like and that’s totally okay. You don’t need to explain or justify yourself to others.

This is where knowing yourself really comes into play. You can just do your own thing and you don’t have to get into an argument with others about it.


10. Pick Your Battles

The truth is, you’re not always going to get what you want. Knowing how to stand up for yourself also means you have to get good at managing your expectations.

If there’s an issue and it’s a one-time thing, then it may not be worth the confrontation. But if it’s something that happens regularly, then you definitely want to address it.

Remember, healthy relationships are filled with understanding. You have to be willing to compromise and meet people halfway. By having an open mind, you’ll be able to find a win-win situation that works well for everyone involved.

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Myke Macapinlac

Myke Macapinlac is the Program Director of Social Confidence Mastery. His mission is to help shy guys become socially confident so they can create the lifestyle they deserve. To get to know him personally, you can find out more about him on his website at www.socialconfidencemastery.comView Author posts