A key piece to mental health for individuals and couples is to exercise healthy assertiveness. Many do not realize that a lack of healthy assertiveness is often at the route of their issues. The beginning steps towards obtaining a healthy balance of assertiveness is learning how to believe in yourself. Creating a Personal Bill of Rights may prove beneficial. Believing in these rights and in yourself creates what it takes to engage in a whole new world of self-confidence, self-love and better relationships.
A Bill of Rights could look like this:
1. I have the right to change and grow.
2. I have the right to be healthy.
3. I have the right to make mistakes.
4. I have the right to say “no”, “I don't know” and I don't understand.
5. I have the right to expect honesty from others.
6. I have the right to set my own standards.
7. I have the right to change my mind.
8. I have the right to be respected.
9. I have the right to not take responsibility for others’ actions feelings.
10. I have the right to be in a non-abusive environment.
11. I have a right to have my niece be as important as the needs of others.
12. I have the right to be myself.