12 Days of Xmas Wellbeing: Stop people pleasing

Over 12 days in the lead-up to Christmas, I’ll be writing 12 posts all about boosting your wellbeing…

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

12 quotes to inspire and live by11 song lyrics and movie quotes to boost and motivate, 10 websites for when life gets tough, 9 ways to de-stress, 8 ways to improve your low mood, 7 mood boosting foods, 6 ways to show yourself some love… and

5 ways to stop people pleasing!


1. Learn how to say “no” with honesty

Don’t make up excuses when you say “no” to something. Be honest and assertive. Say it politely, and the world will deal with it! If anyone is worth your time, they will not reject you over a ‘no’.

2. Ask for what you want

If your friend wants to eat dinner out but you’d prefer to stay in and cook, speak up! You might not get what you want but at least you’ve said how you feel and you’re training yourself to focus less on people pleasing.

3. Examine your fears

Think to yourself: what am I worrying will happen? Is it the thought you might be rejected? If someone is willing to reject your needs so easily, are you sure you want them around you?

4. Do something for yourself

Do something you want to do, no matter how weird or crazy or boring you believe others will think of it. Practise not worrying what others think.

5. Be persistent

Stopping something that has been part of your life for so long won’t be easy. You’ve taken the first step in being aware that you’re a people pleaser. Now start to become more aware of when it happens and put the brakes on. With time it will become more natural.

Of course, also remember that compromising is important when it comes to being assertive and taking control. The best acts of pleasing are those delivered from love and respect, not out of fear and worry. 

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