Do you find it difficult to speak up for yourself and struggle to be truly authentic when communicating?
Those of us with low self-esteem often struggle to be assertive; usually because we don’t feel that we deserve to be listened to. The ability to be assertive means you can stand up for yourself and communicate your needs in a calm and positive way, without being passive or aggressive. It is a skill which can be developed quite quickly with hard work and dedication. Mastering your communication styles will result in better decision making and a reduction of the negative feelings which often contribute to anxiety and worry.
Tips for Becoming More Assertive:
(1) Learn how to say “no.”
(2) Be simple and direct
(3) Be conscious of your body language
(4) Believe in yourself
(5) Stand your ground
Assertiveness allows us to express our thoughts, feelings and needs in a clear and respectful manner. By communicating assertively, we can avoid misunderstandings, resolve conflicts constructively and foster deeper understanding and connection with others.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy are both powerful therapeutic approaches that can effectively support you to build your assertiveness. These techniques can you address underlying beliefs, emotions and behaviours that may hinder assertive communication. Through talking therapy and hypnosis, we can explore deeply rooted beliefs and self-perceptions.
By uncovering and reframing these beliefs, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnosis supports the development of new, empowering beliefs that align with assertive communication. CBH techniques, such as hypnotic suggestion and visualisation, can be used to enhance self-confidence. Hypnosis allows us to focus on our inner resources and develop a positive self-image, reinforcing our sense of self-worth and ability to assert ourselves confidently in various situations.