We’re not say­ing ditch your sweet na­ture and be­come a meanie but in or­der to be kinder and more faith­ful to your­self, work on the fol­low­ing:

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• Hon­our your own needs

and wants. Reg­u­lar ‘me’ time in which you do what­ever the heck you want is good for your mind, body and spirit.

• Say ‘no’ more of­ten. Peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate a friendly ‘I’m sorry

I can’t this time’ or ‘no thanks I have other plans’ a lot more than learn­ing later you acted out of obli­ga­tion. Be­sides, it’s em­pow­er­ing.

• Of­fer up your opin­ions es­pe­cially on is­sues you feel strongly about. De­bate is healthy; don’t

be afraid to stand your ground.

• Del­e­gate. Let go of a lit­tle con­trol both at work and at home – it takes a vil­lage af­ter all!

• Be open if some­thing’s bug­ging you. Peo­ple aren’t mind read­ers. Sup­press­ing your feel­ings pre­vents oth­ers from get­ting to know the real you and leaves them lit­tle room to of­fer sup­port. • Ac­cept help when it’s of­fered

in­stead of blow­ing it off.

• Re­mem­ber, no one can take ad­van­tage of you un­less you al­low it!

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