Breaking My People-Pleasing Habits With Self-Care
Would you consider yourself a people pleaser?
When I was experiencing the onset of my disease, I had a paralyzing fear of being a burden. I never wanted people, especially my parents, to feel like I was too much to handle.
I still carry this fear with me but it’s not as prominent. Although, the people-pleasing part of me remains present.
The last year I have been doing small but significant things to break this bad habits-If someone asks me what I want, I tell them. If a friend or a family member has an opinion that I don’t agree with, I try to kindly voice my thoughts. If there’s a problem with something, I push myself to speak up and not settle. I am also learning to set up healthy boundaries and to put myself first.
It is freeing me to relearn how to live for myself and not cater to others all the time. These small victories feel like self-care. I’m taking care of myself for myself.
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