As the youngest sister in my family, I find myself constantly still being told what to do or how to do something even though I can see my thirties in my not-so-distant future. Bustle, and Dr. Kim Chronister, PsyD, says that there are little ways to stand up for yourself every day.

  • Be a little bit selfish if you need to and prioritize yourself over other people. If you're feeling burnt out from the week, it's okay to turn down plans with your friends if you want to curl up to a movie and then go to bed early. You don't want to cancel on your friends all of the time, but you have to remember that you come first.
  • Say "no" instead of accepting the plans and then having to cancel later, or feeling bad and going out anyway even if you're feeling sluggish. It can feel so freeing to say "no" every once in a while.
  • Set boundaries with your loved ones especially if you feel like they have taken advantage of you in the past. There are some things that you should and should not be willing to do, decide what those are, and let those around you know them. Hopefully they will listen to you and stick to your boundaries.

With the weather getting nicer, people want to do more things together outside, and if you're feeling the pull from all sides and just want to stay in for a night, stand up for yourself and let your friends and family know!

(via Bustle)

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