Express your own voice with confidence.
Personal health includes not just physical aspects but mental ones as well. A big component of this mental well-being is the ability to speak freely and stand for what you believe. Unfortunately, many of us don’t express our own voices or opinions out of fear, insecurities, shyness or for a myriad of other reasons.
For our mental health to thrive along with many other aspects of our lives, we need to know that our opinions are valuable and that we can express our own voices. This creates more open dialog, broader perspectives and a chance for everyone to be heard.
How to say what you need to say:
When we can express our own voice with confidence, our community, family, health and the environment thrive.
Here are some steps to take to help you say what you want and need to say with confidence.
- Don’t worry about what other people will think about you when you speak your mind. We all have the freedom of speech, and nobody can take that away from us.
- Don’t let aggressive people intimidate you or keep you from speaking up. If someone is threatened by your opinion or statements, don’t back down. Stand your ground and know that you have the right to express yourself.
- Remain calm. It’s very important not to let your emotions take over entirely. Remember that this is just a conversation, and you will be better able to make your point if you speak calmly.
- Don’t shout. Yelling doesn’t make people hear you any better. In fact, it can cause them to tune you out.
- Speak clearly and make yourself heard, without having to yell. Speak just loudly enough so that people can hear your voice, and your opinion.
- Practice speaking your mind around your friends and family. Even for decisions that seem small or unimportant, let your opinion be heard. Be part of the group decision-making process.
- Believe in yourself! If you believe what you have to say is important, others will too.
Let go of self-judgment and inner criticism. We are our own worst critics and that inner judgment can keep us from speaking our minds. Turn off your own inner critic and turn on your confidence.