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Show Yourself Respect: How to Communicate with Confidence

Show Yourself Respect: How to Communicate with Confidence

It can be hard to respect yourself if you are insecure or afraid. These assertiveness tools will help you build self-respect and confidence.

If you don’t show yourself respect, neither will other people. How are you supposed to feel confident, assertive and develop self-esteem if you don’t show yourself some respect? Others may take advantage of you, people can be intimidating or situations you encounter may be so overwhelming it makes it hard to respect yourself. I’ve got three simple tools that can help you feel more confident communicating with others so you can show yourself respect.

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Don’t Look Insecure: 6 Ways to Change Behavior and Be Confident

Don’t Look Insecure: 6 Ways to Change Behavior and Be Confident

We don't want to look insecure, but there are behaviors we go to that make us look less confident. Here's how to not look insecure and start to feel confident.Your behavior can make you look insecure to others, but you don’t need to look insecure. Without knowing it, you may act in a way that shows others you struggle with confidence. However, we’ve all done it and instead of beating yourself up, learn how to change these behaviors so that you can appear confident and not look insecure.

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Emotional Manipulation in Friendships and Your Self-Esteem

Emotional Manipulation in Friendships and Your Self-Esteem

Emotional manipulation diminishes self-esteem and leads to abusive friendships. Here are six ways to spot emotional manipulation and protect yourself from it.

Emotional manipulation in a friendship is toxic to your self-esteem and confidence. The worst part is that the victims are generally people who are already struggling with loving themselves or co-dependency and who often lack self-confidence. This makes it hard to recover and to protect yourself from the effects of emotional abuse. The more you know about emotional manipulation, the easier it will be to protect yourself from emotional manipulation in your friendships.

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Don’t Let Negative People Harm Your Confidence

Negative people impact your mood and confidence. Here are 5 ways to stay positive when dealing with negative people.

Don’t Let Negative People Harm Your Confidence

Negative people impact your confidence and mood, draining your energy. Here are 5 ways to stay confident when dealing with negative people. Take a look.

Negative people are everywhere and negative people can harm your confidence dramatically. If we aren’t careful, their negativity can rub off on us leading to self-esteem issues, unhappiness and lower self-confidence. We can’t avoid all the negative people and energy that come into our lives but we can take measures to stay aware and positive. Don’t let those negative people harm your confidence.

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Holiday Season Isolation and How To Deal With It

Holiday Season Isolation and How To Deal With It

Holiday season isolation can be destructive to your self-esteem; however, you can learn to deal with the pain of holiday season isolation. Perhaps you don’t have real friends or family, you have a toxic family, loved ones are far away or friends are too busy with their own families. The festive season can also be a trigger for mental health issues including depression, anxiety, disordered eating, bipolar disorder, addictions and grief. If you’re experiencing a mental health issue you might not be in the mood to celebrate, and you can feel isolated even if you’re surrounded by people. Alternatively, you might not celebrate due to your beliefs. No matter what the reason for your holiday season isolation, it’s important to minimise the impact it has on your self-esteem and general wellbeing. 

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How to Feel Confident About Your Relationship with Food

Does your relationship with food need help? Do you worry or become anxious about all the mixed messages about diets? Improve your confidence with food now.

How to Feel Confident About Your Relationship with Food

It’s hard to feel confident about your relationship with food when the entire world is giving you mixed messages about what’s good or bad. The doctors say one thing, or many different things, nutritionists say another; books, magazine and social media all give us quick tips to get healthier, but all of these messages are confusing. Mixed messages lead to an unhealthy body image and an abusive relationship with food. More and more people are finding that they feel insecure when making food choices, which leads to feeling guilt and shame after eating. Let’s stop this madness. Food is our friend. Learn to feel confident about your relationship with food.

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Respect Yourself: Stop Letting Others Take Advantage of You

Respect Yourself: Stop Letting Others Take Advantage of You

Everyone needs to learn to respect themselves and stop letting others take advantage of us. Just the other day I noticed that I was about to let someone take advantage of me. It may not have been on purpose, but the gal at the checkout overcharged me for an item. I felt this strong sense of unfairness and asked her nicely to change the price. She apologized and fixed the mistake.

This may sound like a simple example, but the truth is, each time you stand up for what’s fair, you respect yourself. When you stop allowing others to take advantage of you and respect yourself, your self-esteem improves

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How to Stop Feeling Insecure in Relationships

Do you feel insecure in relationships? This post will help you understand why you feel insecure and 3 ways to feel more confident in romantic relationships.

How to Stop Feeling Insecure in Relationships

If you are feeling insecure in your current relationship, or find yourself attracting romantic partners that make you insecure, then this post is for you. The truth is, insecurity about yourself plays out in any relationship, whether it’s romantic, familial or within a friendship. The problem for many people is they blame the other person in the relationship for making them insecure, but when you’re feeling insecure in relationships, they’re not the problem, you are. 

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How Toxic Friends Affect Our Self-Esteem

How Toxic Friends Affect Our Self-Esteem

Toxic friendships can destroy your self-esteem. Learn how to identify toxic friends check this list of friendship truths. Don't let toxic friends get to you.

Is it a toxic relationship? Is she a friend or frenemy? It’s a question that many adults and adolescents ask themselves when thinking about those in their social circle. No, it’s not the movie Mean Girls, and sadly, toxic friendships don’t necessarily end when you depart high school. Many times, people put up with these toxic friends because they are tough to let go. But in the end, these toxic friends take a huge toll on your self-esteem.

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Are You Selfish or Self-Confident?

Therapist and HealthyPlace Blogger Emily Roberts teaches the difference between acting confident and selfish and how adjust your behaviors to improve your relationship with others and your build your self-esteem.

Are You Selfish or Self-Confident?

There is a fine line between behaving confidently and selfishly.  Many times people act in a way that they think is showing others that they are confident or have high self-esteem, when they are really exuding a selfish vibe.  This can be detrimental to building and maintaining relationships with others and building self-esteem within one’s self. This vlog clearly explains the difference between being selfish and self-confident and how to adjust your tone and demeanor to appear more confident and compassionate.

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