I'm naturally a people-pleaser.
I've got a big heart, and I love people, even to the point where it's hurt me. It's taken me a long time to set healthy boundaries in my life so that I don't feel taken advantage of by others. But it's made me become a pretty good advocate for myself, and at the end of the day, the only person who has your best interests in mind is you!
Here are 7 Tips to Stand Up for Yourself
Practice Being Authentic & Transparent - It's okay to be uniquely you, and it's okay if not everyone likes you for you
Take Baby Steps - Even something as simple as fixing your posture or walking with your head high and shoulders back will give you an instant boost of confidence
Don't Attack Others - Even if you know you're right, hear them out, and respond with reason, not emotion. Also, if someone attacks you, remain calm yet assertive, and walk away and revisit if emotions are too high
Stand Up For Your Time - It's your most precious resource, and it can't be retrieved once it's gone. Practice saying "No" to things
Realize Self-Worth Comes From Within - No one else can validate you, and you are in charge of your emotions, reactions, thoughts and behaviors
Get to the Root of Your Problems - If something is bothering you, figure out what it is so you can work through it in a healthy manner. There is no shame in going to a therapist or asking for help
Fake it 'Til You Make It - Practice makes perfect. It takes about 2 months to form new habits, but each day is an opportunity to be better than yesterday. Keep learning and be intentional about your growth, and you'll be pleasantly surprised when the new you takes over